"Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn." ~Thomas Gray

"Poetry unites." ~Anon

"Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it." ~Emily Dickinson

Written by Emily Anderson
She lives in Columbus, Ohio, USA
Her blog: Rice in the Cupboard


(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.

Posted with consent from the writer.


  1. Glynis said...
    I enjoyed that!
    Gordon Mason said...
    Liked the juxtaposition image in the first stanza; and the second where words can be expensive or free.
    Crafty Green Poet said...
    I like the way this poem captures things we generally overlook

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