The subway doors spring and somehow
they must help you organize the loneliness
spilling— the ice you bring
that melts from boot-soles
and flows along the last inch left for a stranger
to forgo. Whether or not
a seat exists in this world and is yours,
or that the seat is an illusion
the loneliness is nevertheless being organized and you can’t tell
your ass from another’s, or the epicenter of a shove—bodies down—dissipating, until
even the slim chances that loneliness may be transformed into solitude and logic into thought are obliterated.
By breathing here, I can’t help but ingest everyone. Feel our stares
slapped by wet trench-coats, a Marianna Trench
wreathed with flowers in disheveled locks...
making the solitude of the hills echo to the wild music...infected by divine fury...
The salt and sand of winter, the pool of strangers’ melt-water
and this pole full bacteria researches cannot identify
—it does not explain your passage, or it does.
Admit it is not just ahead
so must be made here, a cadential point
more than simply you at a toilet with a book
in place of the forest. There is a chance
a lonely man finds himself and starts the thinking dialouge of solitude.
When my students looked at me, almost looking-through
as the state test surprised them with Walden
—I could I say nothing but talk to yourself, like a crazy person
and there was no wind or cooing or dappled light.
Organize the loneliness or something will do it for you.