The last taxi cab on earth glides past without any help & breathes through crystal sac Air in flukes or upside down water in a glass Where we come from Sliding paper doors reveal repeating mountains clouding against the western sky Busses are re-routed using a feedback loop that also effects the real ferns & rain I was loved & looked out the window through rain and kids Orange roe connected by telephone & span picks up passengers for free & drops them downtown Mica in coral A replacement shoal parked along the curb
Copyright © 2019 by Michael Dickman. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 17, 2019, by the Academy of American Poets.
About this Poem
“‘Broadway’ is a poem in part about the Broadway bridge in Portland, Oregon, where I grew up. A bridge I've driven and walked over hundreds of times it is, in fact, a Rall-type bascule bridge, the longest of its type, and spans the Willamette river. The poem converges language about the bridge, traffic, marine life, classic Japanese prints, childhood, and coast lines, as if seen through a light, or heavy rain, depending on who you are.”
Poet Michael Dickman's second collection of poetry, Flies, received the 2010 James Laughlin Award
Date Published: 2019-04-17
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/broadway-1