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There is a Later Train

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This isn't the last train. But the late train

has no quiet cars. If a baby squalls no conductor

shushes her. You must shush her yourself.

The late train has no dining car. So board

 

this train now, or pack a picnic, your own

tablecloth, napkins, napkin-rings, silver,

porcelain. The late train has no schedule.

Depends on how many girlfriends the brakeman

 

wants to vi...

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Construction in progress (The tenth circle)

Wandering through Nasr Square

the streets close in

and the concrete stacks,

but down here

men sit under shabby awnings

drinking black tea,

smoking stale tobacco

 

eyeing with disdain

any who are not them.

 

Night workers,

Russian

and

Philippine,

scurry between hotels

teetering dangerously.

 

The calls to prayer

unheard

from minaret

to ...

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