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Subways are Silver


by Tim Young


Subways are silver

Taxis are yellow and

Trees are green.

What does it mean?

Is it a collage of colors

Strapped in the collective memory?

Or is it a reflection

In a mirror

Which is about to be smashed

By some kid

With a big black rock?

Don't know anything

About such heavy things.

But the shiny silver

And dirty road stained yellow

And perfectly natural green

Can all join hands.

Touch their most

Unusual flesh

In a bonding exercise

Meant to bring

Disparate elements

Together in a shared secret

We may never understand.

But what's wrong with that?

Being human in the land of

Colors and symbols, we won't stop trying,

We won't stop breathing,

Not for long anyway.

Take a ride on the Reading.

Hop a freight to the end

Of the line.

Catch a fish

And throw it back.

What color is the water?

What color is the fish?

Maybe now it's time

To bring blue into the picture.
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