Thursday, June 16, 2005
What is a subway poem?
I sometimes write subway poems. This is one of them.
Would you like to know what a subway poem is? I assume the answer is 'Yes'. Well then, here is a subway poem.
A subway poem is a poem written in the subway during a single journey.
A subway poem has as many lines as your journey has stations, minus one.
The first line is composed in your head between the first two stations of your journey (counting the station of departure).
It is written down on paper when the train pulls into station two.
The second line is composed in your head between stations two and three of your journey.
It is written down on paper when the train pulls into station three. And so on.
You cannot write when the train is in motion.
You cannot compose when the train has stopped.
The last line is written on the platform of your last station.
If your journey requires several train changes, then your poem will have several verses or more.
If, unluckily, your train stops between stations, that's always a tough call when writing your subway poem.
after the French of Jacques Jouet