Katie Dickson


taking the train with all the rest
but she’s mine
art and teen
shows round trip tickets
of insight and pain
dance and mouth smart
she knows how to wind
through frustration
of dawdling crowds
to arrive on time  

subway to Penn
she starts back from the city
dream weaves her way
to find a car   hopes a seat  
knows the list of stations
on the Mineola line
the static staccatos
of all the conductors’
new yawk monotones
heading home  

and she is weary and stimulated
art and teen
song fresh and homework irritated
comes back  from the city 
self-defines from the crowd
which spills and fragments away
from the track
not mine   never was
but she cuddles  unwinds  
she comes home to me

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