One Good Hangnail Can Ruin a Marathon

subway rumbler minutes are much longer
than music minutes.
I like being alone in New York City,
not lonely.

a dude reads gangster slam poetry
on the 2 train,
collects a couple bucks
and then peels a banana with his teeth
and eats it with one hand.

wish you were here
to see this,
but glad you're not,
because I wouldn't know
what to do with you.

I would wrap you up
if you were real,
embracing your diminished clumsy cords,
loving your silly eyebrow paranoia.

but you aren't here,
and you never will be.