in an unguarded moment,
at the bus-stop, say,
or on a ticket line for an early show, might
look a certain way and lift another's curse,
perhaps by distractedly worrying the tarnished clasp
of an efficient patent purse, or by rubbing a thumb to a crease
in a latently optimistic brow. Or there might be contact,
the kinetic static of surprise
shocking shy smiles from the pardons. And later,
as the dusk purples and replies in kind
to the dark beseeching of the city's footfalls,
there might be among the hurly fray
a movement less resigned and less inured,
and more buoyantly far-reaching.
Kate Falvey's work has appeared in a number of print and online journals including Memoir(and), Hoboeye, Umbrella, OVS, the Aroostook Review, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Hospital Drive, Literary Mama, Paper Nautilus, and The Mom Egg. She is on the editorial board of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Bellevue Literary Review and is the editor in chief of the 2 Bridges Review, a new journal published through City Tech/CUNY, where she teaches.