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Posted: February 2nd. 2004 12:30:21 PM

Views: 1958

Whisper at Rush Hour

by B. T. Newberg

Age Group: Adult

Wake, my lover!
Your carbon monoxide has put you to sleep,
But wake!

She was softly stepping barefoot between the lanes,
Between the honking, stopping, plodding, clogging.
Her eyes were green, her hair black and long.
They took no notice of her,
Though they missed her by inches.

Come with me, she said.
Get out of your car.
Join me in the empty spaces between the lanes.
Make love to me here.
I will show you the way back home.
Kiss me.

Never mind the drivers, she said.
They don't see us.
We are invisible as dandelions.
We are inaudible as pigeons cooing.
We are forgettable as the taximan's thank you,
As a blemish in the asphalt,
As newspaper blowing in the street.
Kiss me and I will show you something beyond stop and go.

Let the fuel tank go empty.
Let the exhaust dissipate.
When you have me, where else do you need to go?

Wake, my lover!
Your carbon monoxide has put you to sleep,
But wake!

Get out of your car.
Become naked with me.
They do not see us.
We do not exist to them.
But to each other,

We are all that is real.

Author's Notes: As a Naturalistic Pagan, I believe in evidence. There is no evidence that deities and magic are "real" in the most literal sense, but they may yet be moving and powerful. These poems are a tribute to the inspiration of Pagan ways.

For more information on naturalism, see

Copyright 2003

Author's Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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