Tim Mayo Poet  



Contact Info:

Tim Mayo

P.O. Box 522

Brattleboro, VT 05302-0522

<tim-mayo@tim-mayo.net>

Contact Info:

Tim Mayo

P.O. Box 522

Brattleboro, VT 05302-0522

<tim-mayo@tim-mayo.net>

How It Comes to You

It happens waiting for a bus: you cough
under a street lamp, the ground shudders,
steam rises from a grate, and suddenly,
a shabby man thrusts out his hand.
 
He offers you something small,
purpled like a bruise and oily
as a rubbed jewel in the gloom. 
Here, he winces and pleads.
 
You clear your throat to answer.
All you’ve wanted is a way to get
from here to there––preferably
the express, but now, a local
has come, and if you turn and leave,
you may never get there in time.



From ​The Kingdom of Possibilities