Patrice C. Queen

Rookie (8/10/60 / Spanish Town, St Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies)

Will The Ferry Be Lost - Poem by Patrice C. Queen

On my fourth journey
To the Staten Island Ferry… in about 2 months
I am found feeling like I am lost
Recognizing landmarks irrelevant
For I am sure I am lost
The booth attendant told me it was straight ahead
That security lasted 2 steps

15 steps later
I was compelled to ask
A hearing impaired homeless man
With a speech impediment
Am I going the right way to the Ferry

He said it is straight in front of you
Just cross the street and you are there
I could not see the giant building
I was about to cry
He said I will show you
Do not worry
It is right where I told you

He hobbled as he got his cane and began to walk me across the street
He reminded me to step down
I almost asked him if I was stepping right
I was absolutely sure I did not know where I was going
As we crossed the street he told me to look up
As I did I saw the words Staten Island Ferry
The same words I saw one week ago

The same words on the same building
I wondered if it changed inside
As I entered the building
I was very sure I was in the right place
Then at the top of the stairs I became convinced again
That I did not know where to go
I asked the man with the Ferry jacket
Which door should I stand to get the Ferry

He told me door number 2
I quickly walked over to the door
I was lost no more
Yet I was still terrified
Wondering when the panic will stop
At least at this location


Patrice C. Queen 10/21/05


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 22, 2005



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