This poem is taken from Stand 219, 16(3) August - September 2018.

Myra Schneider Two Poems
Lights
after Georgia O’Keeffe

Up here it’s easy to dismiss the ground
where many are struggling with bags full
of misery, have lost their way or nowhere to go.

Up here those self-important blocks
seem to be what matters. You watch them
striving to claim what remains of the sky

but they’re competing with three circles potent
as animal eyes in the dark. They lose out
to the lowest, the traffic light’s red pupil.

You can feel it boring into your interior
as if to prise out your thoughts, suspect
it finds satisfaction in causing stoppages

with its air of an immigration official who revels
in regulations and never considers need
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