"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

(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.

3 Comments:

  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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