All of the Flitting about After Work

He looked up – I thought to the sky,
but he was watching traffic signals,
and then he was watching right to left,
up the street and then turning around,
was he trying to cheat something, then
the car horn and it wasn’t at him, dissipating
as the UPS driver was in the back of his truck,
bending at the waist, and he cranked his
neck and looked up: he wasn’t scared;
he was pissed, the UPS driver was, and
I wondered how she could peddle that
stationary bicycle so heavily in the empty
fish bowl, while people went by, I can’t
imagine not being enchanted with her
fierce depth of beauty, peddling, peddling,
and I felt as though I have never not
peddled, always toward empty sewer
pipes that swallow me and remind me
that I don’t know where I am or where
I’ve been, but I suppose I am a fish, and
the UPS driver is a fish, but no pipe will
swallow him and the man in the crosswalk
got clobbered by the Toyota and the deep
lady in the fishbowl was peddling and
will never, ever stop.

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  1. #1 by Carl D'Agostino on July 28, 2011 - 9:19 pm

    You better start watching where you are going. And don’t ask to borrow my car, buddy.

    • #2 by Carl on July 28, 2011 - 10:22 pm

      Well, then, next time I’m thumbing it, you better get me to my meeting on time!

  2. #3 by scribbla on July 29, 2011 - 6:05 am

    I feel like that woman on the bicycle right now. Damn. Another super write. I was there, on the street. Could smell, hear and see it all.

    • #4 by Carl on July 30, 2011 - 7:15 am

      Thank you for your comment. I am very grateful that I could bring you there.

  3. #5 by Indigo Spider on July 29, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    I feel too often like I am peddling in a fish bowl. I suppose it is better then toward the empty sewer pipes. Your poems always remind me of abstract paintings — so much to look at and interpret.

    • #6 by Carl on July 30, 2011 - 7:16 am

      Your words mean the world. Thank you for your comment!

  4. #7 by Carl D'Agostino on May 23, 2012 - 6:53 am

    On Wednesdays I am now featuring guest posts- poets and artists. I would like you to participate. Please send brief bio, pic, and fav poem. Send as jpeg. See my posts 5/9, 5/16 and today 5/23 to see what I have in mind. I plan to rotate the same 12 people every 3 months. I hope you will participate. Should draw traffic to your worthy blog.

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