Transversing / Mark Young

those walkways for the
visually impaired. Their
proximity, their closing
in. Too much for him, still
not quite comfortable with
varieties of bellicose marsh
hen, or appliqué, or the sur-
feit of tourist buses bound

for pedestrian destinations.
Somewhere near the cusp
he paused to shake out the
senses from his snakeskin
handbag, looking for some-
thing to ease the pain with.

Mark Young’s most recent book is Songs to Come for the Salamander, Poems 2013-2021, selected & introduced by Thomas Fink, co-published by Meritage Press & Sandy Press.

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