When the writing professor is asked___

F train to 4th Avenue, Dee. 13th, 2013
His gloves were stuffed in his tweed pocket. He thought about whether to write quietly, for what seemed like a long time. Then he agreed. Quiet hesitation is peaceful but alarming, especially with a stranger. He teaches writing.

When the writing
professor is asked
to write a poem
on the subway

After he has been up all night

He thinks it over.

Being asked by a kind, brown-eyed

woman, wearing jeans, slightly

Ear flap cap
moss green
it’s cold outside.

Two stops to go and
back out into the cold

more grading

And also the grief

that comes from one more

thing being done.

Read a poem by Ambrosia

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