With My Back to City Hall, On Yom Kippur
The gnats love the highway dividers, the freelance pickup artists love the softness of the hands of the women who love their friends for walking with them laughing at the situation, lost people love that I am sitting here looking likely to know, I love it when I know, knowledge in the form of radar loves the cloud cover which resembles my headache in its topography and its effect on my mood, the path which connects Park Row with Broadway loves the paranoia which has closed off all the paths closer than this to City Hall, Jesus loves the balding man in the striped windbreaker who looks at my small script and remarks, "Jesus loves you," I love the silk suit and the hard candy curl hair of the middle-aged black woman going by with her dry cleaning, I love the sock the bundled baby recumbent in an Aprica stroller kicks out, I love from a distance the speck this woman in the tight clothes reaches to brush from her shoe, I love the effect it has on her distraction, I love the ties tucked into the short sleeve shirts of the men returning from lunch, I love the men and women my age strolling with purpose in their Pumas, the feather tumbling by, the drift of the hulking red haired woman with psoriatic elbows, the opal in the hairbow of the Hindi woman in white robes and the tuck of her husband's shirt into his jeans, the ticking of the wheel of the bicycle rolled along by a backpack-wearing man on foot, the acceleration of an open-roof double-decker tour bus, the ignition cough of the not-in-service kneeling bus, the change clod and leaf-shuffle of the lower torsos and the carry-out conveyor sound of a closed up shopping cart, I love the downturned glance of the woman carrying the Borzoi College Reader crossing against the light and going into Pace, may all these people have rent-stabilized leases, and may they be registered to vote, in their unions, and in the next election.
Poem from Million Poem Journal, reprinted with permission of Faux Press Books
Born in 1970, Jordan Davis is the author of a poetry collection and many reviews and essays about poetry
Date Published: 2003-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/my-back-city-hall-yom-kippur