F Train Ruminations

Viral illumination in hands of a
southbound citizen beside

a sky-blue, soft, paperback copy, having
opened onto early pages

an English translation. The Inferno
yesterday. Figure-shapes, occupations

obscured. Figure-shunning faces opening
the focus of energy I won’t

comprehend, in original Italian form,
the source-term “Getto”

delivered here, visually—

dark dots, white dots insert
into my evening’s paper,

tactile consistency—
tomorrow’s electric blue dregs;

Gratifying; hoisting; grifting
a dwindling poet’s relationship

with this limply prophesied,

unreality, prone to dis-
figured and shadowed effect.