The subway is infamous
for looks like bats
that dive for the hairline,
for eyes that flutter to ads’
Rocked by these flights,
the thin car ricochets
The train ascends.
The Charles assembles itself, frame by frame.
A mother curates. See: sailboats! motorboats!
Her son traces their wakes with short laughs.
boats, water, and light vanish.
He cries. His hands fly to his eyes.
We forget not to look.
His mother waves long Mannerist fingers
and batters the boy with bright, false prophesies:
the sun is not gone;
all of the airplanes are still in the sky.
The boy curls into his own tunnel of hands.
There, quick red lines beat
in his veins
the bright paths of
all the birds that ever flew,
their motions ribboned against Canaletto blue;
their song motes speckling the confettied air.