Monday, January 12, 2009


Debris, Ohio State University, January 2009

A half-eaten bagel and a pair
of black furry earmuffs curl
together on a bench outside
Denney Hall, like animals
trying to keep warm by sharing
the small heat of their bodies.

The sidewalk glows thinly,
slick and dangerous. A receipt
from the bookstore is frozen
against the curb, over a hundred
dollars for one book. Free
newspapers scuttle across
my path. Even they are rushed,
hurrying for shelter, missing
so much of this experience.

Edit 3/17/09 - This poem is now published at Breathing Poetry. The site includes many wonderful poems from talented people all over the country and the world.

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