“My Schedule” and “Public Library”

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My Schedule

 

I clean out the fridge and

scrub the stove. My mom keeps saying

you have no idea how

happy this makes me so I leave

 

for New York for like

a week and for instance

on the train these girls ask a guy

if they passed Times Square already

 

I fell asleep, the guy says

rode the train all the way to

Bay Ridge so now you’re on

my schedule. So like we

just stay on this train?

 

and even at the bar

through the front window

I think I see someone

I know      it’s impossible

 

 

Public Library

 

All the people who came in

and left the Chinese restaurant

without saying a word

 

and I equally said nothing

or took a picture of

lunch: they are here

 

now. Sitting at a broken

computer that might work

for all I know on a damp floor.

 

It is just one girl, full

disclosure: wearing

a pink hat. She is dancing

 

with her elbows and raining

outside. It seems we both

come from that restaurant.

 

 

Nick Chrastil is from Minneapolis, MN. He is currently studying journalism and history at Louisiana State University.