“So I looked at the scenery
She read her magazine.”
‘America’: Simon and Garfunkel
A pair of blue denim, a parka, January draughts
gust through crevices, crevasses of a Greyhound,
overnight transport of the poor. Anchored in
an upright bunk, odour of the matted mass.
A month from the west coast to the east,
a month of the rhythmic bounce of wheels
trundling along the interstates to harmonies
of Paul Simon, his rhythmic rhyme.
At midnight we roll into Flagstaff, Arizona.
Iridescent interplay across the passengers
roused, ruffled by fleeting streetlamps,
occasional headlights of oncoming pickups.
Gritty city bus station, driver stretches,
We sweep along the highway, baby dozes,
‘colored’ section at the back.
Tattered cardigan of his mother,
she gazes out into the dark, fug of smoke.
Jaws sag, no Rosa Parks here.
Murmurs to her neighbour, Carter is from the south,
a glance of hope for the inauguration.
“And the moon rose over an open field”.
The lilting voice of Art Garfunkel
across the vastness of the plains of Texas.
I sway, shudder a dream against the winter window.
My deprivation is a lack of sleep.
The leg from El Paso to San Antonio,
its sixth hour, in the staleness of our thin tin can,
eyelids droop at last.
We have found America.