STATIONARY

when the train slows down
heading into your station
and you preemptively stand up
and walk to the door
and then the conductor,

ladies and gentlemen, we are being
held momentarily by the train's
dispatcher. please be patient.

and the air conditioner hums
and you can hear michael jackson
in someone's headphones
and you are neither exiting the train
nor resting in your seat
just holding a metallic handrail
   feet at angles
   that inflame and engulf
   wait
take a moment to think about that
it will only take a moment

there