002. 66

by John Herzog

conductor stationary and stern
standing before you
the maestro of Chicago Avenue
baton in hand, cuing your solo
you're the whole ensemble
and you're caught naked
no ensemble to save you
chasing buses and bravura
but you find yourself staccato
captive between Clark
and some sheet music
you never learned to read
so why race at all
to a show nobody will attend
only to open your mouth
and let nothing out
but steam


Author's Note: CTA, bus route 66.

Posted on 05/25/2018
Copyright © 2021 John Herzog

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Nancy Ames on 05/25/18 at 05:07 PM

enjoyed this very much, well done, literate and descriptive in a meaningful context

Posted by Rob Littler on 05/26/18 at 07:32 AM

we needs us some production value, son... cuz i
hear it

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