Catching Metro-North.

new-york-city-afternoon-manhattan

6:13 pm.
Madison Square Garden to Grand Central.
10 blocks North — 3 blocks East.
22 minutes to the 6:35 pm New Haven Line.
Rush hour. On foot.

Doable? Let’s go.

Tourists.
Suits.
Students.
Lovers.
Jaywalk.
Contractors.
Homeless.
Tourists.
Street Vendors.
Food cart. Pita. Gyros.
Cabs.
Pedicabs.
Bus tour hawkers.
Shysters.
Shopkeepers.
Jaywalk.
Three abreast.
Tourists.
Lollygaggers.
Messengers.
Bikers.
Tourists.
Black Cars.
Red lights.
Bumbin’Jostlin’ (Sorry!)
Jaywalk.
Walk signs.
Don’t walk.
Jaywalk.
Sidewalk.
Soft spring breeze.
Pungent marinating garbage.
Zig. Zag.
Smokers.
Tourists.
City Buses.
Car horns.

Grand Central!

6:35 pm.
Jogging.
Track 29.
Railcar red lights flashing.

Conductor looking right and left.
Eye contact made. Connection!
Thank you! 
No Problem!

I pause in vestibule,
Grip the cool stainless steel arm rail.
The doors slam shut.
The Train pulls away.

I find Seat.
Settle heavily.
Close eyes.

The overhead vent blows gusts of cooling air
which smother me and swallow me whole.

Bliss.

Still got it.


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Comments

  1. Great post!

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  2. My blood pressure goes up just looking at that photo.

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  3. Good. You. Made. It. Bliss even better. Hope it’s long-lasting.

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  4. Christine says:

    Congrats!
    I was on the 5:55 to Darien. Just missed you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. What? No one annoying or interesting next to you on the train? Oh, you may have lost the sticker on your head! Good work anyway. 🙂 PS. you know I am a big fan of your writing.

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  6. Still got it? There was never a question.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Very vivid. I’m tried now. Great post! Love the photo.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  8. Did you have your cape on or in your briefcase?

    Liked by 1 person

  9. No doubt you’ve still got it, though it doesn’t hurt to make sure. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Abso-f*ckin-lutely!

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  11. Lovin’ the syncopated rhythm of this DK dash across town. Still got it? In spades…..

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  12. Right there with you all the way on this syncopated dash. Ah, New York! There is nowhere
    else on earth like it.

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  13. Of course you still got it. Was that ever a question?

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  14. it never left.

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  15. Love it… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Thanks for the ride David! You’ve definitely got it 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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