Day 15: Peeve Therapy – Think of an annoyance you harbor against someone in your life. Maybe it’s a passerby, a co-worker–maybe it’s a loved one. Write a poem where you confront a petty grudge head on, yet poetically.
Like you, I’m
by the sights, the sounds, the smells —
lights flashing, buildings taller than you’ve ever seen, history mixed with modern day;
horns blaring, trains thundering under and above, a din unlike any other;
wafting food trucks, pungent spring blooms, a bouquet of hot garbage.
Like you I stare,
enveloped in this city of wonder,
with fresh eyes every time I venture about
its streets paved with hopes, dreams and yesterdays
but I don’t do it standing in the middle of the goddamn sidewalk,
oblivious to everyone around me who might be trying to
maintain a fitness stat,
make it to a job interview,
catch the next bus home to Wichita to hear a dying breath.
Like you, I get it.
I know it’s a whole new world,
in this city of New York,
but move to the side
or brace yourself for the impact
of my shoulder,
Or be moved.
Because this is the city that never sleeps,
the city that never stops.