AN AMERICAN PAPYRUS: 25 POEMS
by Steven Sills
Post Annulment 2
Afferent, the city bus cramps to the curb and brakes
With an exhaltation startled and choking.
As the sun blazes upon the terminal's
The shelved rows of the poor men
Hear the sound die on the pavement
In a gradual dying echo.
A cigarette succumbs to the voice as
Carrion brought to life; all the tattered people
And a man spits toward the tire of the bus,
And as he watches his own spit vanish
From the hard crest of the world,
And silently scrapes his lunch pail against
A corner of a metallic bench as if expecting the pale