The apparition of these faces in the crowd...)
riding the bullet train
the view passes by so fast
it is either a blur they say
or —like night lightning
strobes the raindrops
to a stop in midair
in that soundless moment—
maybe from the train you can glimpse
one of those famous petals stopped still
in midair holding its wave to you
in place. write us
and tell us if
this is so.
Excerpted from To See the Earth Before the End of the World, (c) 2010 by Wesleyan University Press. Used with permission of the publisher.