Leonard Dabydeen

Bronze Star - 2,135 Points (Guyana)

Here Today...Gone Tomorrow - Poem by Leonard Dabydeen

It is like a stampede
how the mind works
in the gathering of things
and there are footsteps everywhere
sounds of feet chattering in chaos
screeching sometimes
in the push and shove
jostling each other
in the city streets of Mumbai
slick tiny business sizzling
with tandori naan and goat curry
and Times Square mavericks
hiding their eyes from street vendors
now selling hot-dogs and sugar-cane juice
you can see them here too
in Nathan Phillips Square
drinking water-coconuts with straw
or balancing cups of Tim Horton’s coffee
heading in and out of nowhere
in transit to pan-handle rush hour
sometimes difficult to understand
if mobility means to peddle oneself
in ascent or decent in going places
this we know with certainty
you are here today
and you will be gone tomorrow
as long as memory does not
suffer senility syndrome.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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