By Harvey Shapiro
Caught on a side street
in heavy traffic, I said
to the cabbie, I should
have walked. He replied,
I should have been a doctor.
When can I get on the 11:33
I ask the guy in the information booth
at the Atlantic Avenue Station.
When they open the doors, he says.
I am home among my people.
Reprinted from Good Poems, American Places
edited by Garrison Keillor, Penguin Books, 2011.