March 18, 2009

Man Playing Sesame Street Theme Song, Metro Center, Washington DC

by Jennifer Van Orman

He’s missing a leg and he sits
at the top of the escalator,

plush navy horn case open
near his wheelchair,
and as I ride up from underground,

I see the sun and hear the music
at the same time.

I think of people I have moved away from,
people I used to call my friends
and realize they are my friends no longer.
None of them ask where I am these days
and I wonder why they don’t wonder.

Waiting at the elevator, I wait.
Waiting at the crosswalk, I wait.

Listen to this man play the same bars,
can you tell me how to get, how to get…

*Jennifer Van Orman is a painter and writer who lives in Portland, Maine.


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