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Wednesday morning subway ride

Inconsolable,
the child’s sobs
rip through me,
shredding my heart,
each anguished cry
a reminder of
past failings.

4 June 2015
The Shire
Manhattan, New York

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Why I like New York 39: that subway moment

Has it happened to every resident of New York?

Or every visitor?

Perhaps.

Certainly almost all of us know the moment

of panic,

frustration,

annoyance,

amusement

when we realize

we are on the wrong train.

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Why I like New York 37: courage

The pipes.

Some people hate them. Some people love them.

The pipes.

Even those of us who love them concede that some songs sound good on them. Some do not.

The pipes.

Scotland the Brave sounds good on them. Stairway to Heaven does not.

The pipes.

Some hymns work on them. Some do not.

The pipes.

Amazing Grace sounds good on them. How Great Thou Art does not.

But the lone piper of the Grand Central 7 train subway chose that hymn.

As poised as the lone piper who closes the tattoo, he played. How Great Thou Art.

I put two dollars in his cup.

To honor his courage.

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Why I like New York 36: Subway

I am a committed Subway rider. I go out of my way to avoid buses. I acknowledge it is not perfect. Friday’s ride to work felt like a rugby scrum. Without rules.

A recent post on Buzzfeed rated the various Subway lines. There is truth to the observations and critiques, at least about the lines I ride. Trains are loud, slow, dirty, crowded, and more. They make frequent stops and useless stops. Unexpected delays and breakdowns occur.

But, at the end of the day, each Subway line gets people where we want to go, or at least near where we want to go.

Plus, the ride often reminds me of traveling through the mines of Moria. Gotta love those Tolkienesque experiences.

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Subway wind

Weary, drained,
I stand on the platform
and wait for the train.

I know there is no
signal, yet still
I check my phone.

I step to the edge
and marvel at the
debris between the rails.

The air begins to stir;
then picks up force;
wind surges down the tunnel.

Displaced by the arriving train,
the wind whistles through the station,
and the wind whispers “home.”

And it revives me.

Shire on the Hudson
31 October 2013

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Why I like New York 34: languages

The bus to which the tweet refers is the bus with the group of young people from the Presbytery of New York City who attended the 2013 Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

On the streets, in the subway, and even when we travel, languages mark New York.

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Why I like New York 33: Subway conversation 2

At the 86th Street station, a woman left her seat and the car.

Woman #1 (to Woman #2): Go ahead, take the seat.

Woman #2: No thank you. I am getting off.

Woman #1: OK. I’m getting off, too. But I am going to sit.

Me: We’re all going to get off at some point. (pause) I mean that’s the idea, right? Sooner or later, we all get off.

Woman #1 and Woman #2 laughed. Then …

Woman #1 (to me): Would you like the seat, sir.

Me: No thanks. I’m fine. I’m not as old as I look.

Woman #2 and Woman #1 both laughed again.

They both got off before I did.

I still did not take the seat.

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