portion of the artwork for Terri Brown-Davidson's poetry
Terri Brown-Davidson

At the bus stop, dust floated up,
blurring then blinding both eyes.
The woman beside me, too cognizant of my pain,
flashed a sudden smile—nicotine-stained teeth—
to the tumbleweed cartwheeling
prong-armed between us. I could see her
watch me without watching.
Did my “Napa Racing” cap intrigue her,
or my muttering in low, insouciant breaths
that reeked of morning coffee,
phonemes, syllables, vowels,
the trying-out of some new poem
bursting up to consciousness,
cracking the frail egg shell that released it—
wet and wobbling—into the world?
Or maybe it was just my eloquent presence.
In ripped-to-hell jeans and a ragged black hoodie
sprouting new holes every second, I looked
dangerous, I assumed. Too ravenous.

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 33 | Summer 2011