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i want to say something but don't know where to begin

Updated on June 29, 2017

perhaps i should start with this is the first day of summer.

Approaching the city traffic circle

I saw an ambulance with its lights on chasing another

with its lights off.

A running man tossed red traffic cones

into a slow moving truck.

A woman on a blue bicycle carried

a brown dog in a black backpack.

These are the things you see in the city, sometimes.


Graffiti graced trains slip under the overpass.

A woman jogging jumps over a green hydrant.

Smoke emits from a manhole underground.

It isn't even midday and the birds

have fallen asleep on the other side of this planet.

A cool breeze disturbs

the famished trees.


The imaginary taxi has carried me from the former anonymous place to somewhere south of there. I have given up the memory of a house soon to be forgotten. What I own I will carry with me. I hold no anger anymore against my enemies. The horizon is the vision through my windshield and my rear view mirror is fogged over with an afternoon mist.


A silver plane saucers over

a pristine field. The brown buildings

and glass shine. The traffic circle statue

is head with its arms down and palms up.

It is graced slightly with water from the fountain

from where I am the mist seems like a halo;

the statue almost seems to weep.

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    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True. It can happen with anybody. You are welcome.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 2 months ago from Los Angeles

      thank you for the assistance. sometimes I loose things when I am transposing from a sheet of paper to the computer and editing at the same time....

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      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A good description of the things around. You started it well and made it a wonderful read. But, I would like to tell you that there are some slips in the second verse in the fourth and fifth lines. One 'the' should be "that" and the 'he' in the fifth line should be "the" if I am seeing it right.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 2 months ago from Los Angeles

      bakersfield actually....

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      Ryan Fuller 2 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      At first I thought this was about New Orleans. Great descriptions of what I assume is a normal commute for you. Great work.