Creeley’s Poems

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Creeley's Poems
Each sound
on the silence
it creates.
Tired torn from these apologies
these poems
these apologies
and it always comes back to the heart
of the issue found in a buzz‑lit mirror
in a bathroom surrounded
by well adjusted voices
always on the other side of a bathroom door.
On the A train
the ragged man mad
at the nasty voices
in his own mind
dials an imaginary phone
and weeps at the news
all the way to 42nd Street
field a barrage of bad hops.
This old man
hadn't had these apologies
these poems
these apologies
to relieve the barrage
and this once young face
takes a train
on September 28, 1980
and weeps to Times Square.