Monday, July 09, 2007

subway LIFE

continuing with the New York theme..Picture taken by me..
My tag is 2 posts down.

The platform fills in the blink of an eye
Swarming masses exiting doors...
Descending stairs..
They take their places
This one...right at the edge
That girl ..behind the pole
A crowd gathers to watch....
Some out of boredom
Others to enjoy
The strains of a violin
The high pitched ebb and flow
Of the Celtic tones..drawn from the bow
Delicately pulled by the coal black fingers
Of the coal black violinist with his fixed white smile
White glint in his eye..and white hat on a tilt

The businessman in the sharp blue suit
Locks eyes..
With the girl in the faded jeans..
Forging connection..
connection Forging?

Serenaded by the surreal tones of the violin

While the girl next to him fearfully
Eyes everyone in her sight

One fellow anxiously looks
Into the dark void
Waiting..looking for something
A train..?

for him
the train rumbles in
terrifyingly loud

Another contently reads the art
On the walls
Listens to the music

for he
barely notices
the train has come..
to whisk him away

Look around...
Within 15 minutes
Everyone here now will be gone
This platform will be full
With an entirely new cast of characters
As people come and their destinations
Trains rumble by..
New passersby..New pass you bys
New lovers ..New haters

Witness to it all
The strains of the high pitched
Violin and the coal black fingers..
White smile and white hat on a tilt..
The look in his eye tells thousands of tales
As a new crop of people fill his space waiting
For the train that will take them away..
From his world..


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Anonymous Allie said...

The music is beautiful, but it doesn't really make you feel like your in the subway.. :)
Great imagery... Do you sometimes get amazed at how many people there are in the world? I know I do.. Sometimes I just look around and can't believe that this is only a miniscule fraction of the whole population.

July 09, 2007 11:03 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

great post, great picture.

July 10, 2007 12:04 AM  
Blogger Dovid said...

David, great post. The idea of the platform being a dynamic stage with characters and drama is brilliant. Beautiful!

July 10, 2007 3:52 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

ahh Thats exactly why I chose that violin largo..
I want you to view this scene from the perspective of the violinist..
This post is sort of an analogy of life..where there are constants (the world..nature..etc)..and transients (people..animals..etc..) and theyre moving at different speeds..where to the constant..watching our life cycle must seem to be moving at a furious pace..
Sort of like the violinist playing his song all generations flurry by...


Read my comment to allie..for a bit of what was going thru my mind..

July 10, 2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - you neglected to mention the guy eating his burger and fries... the pungent smells... the wind of a passing train blowing in your face... the humidity of a summer subway platform...

and i'm waiting for the "on the train" version... of the performers in each car... of the "believe and be saved"... lol.

cool pic, btw.
is it totally natural or did you photoshop it?

oh, and nice analogy.

July 10, 2007 11:52 AM  
Blogger nuch a chosid said...


July 10, 2007 5:33 PM  
Blogger jewmaican20 said...

Even though i'm not such a fan of the Tri State area, after almost ten years of school here, I've come to find that the train sytems - namely the MTA and NJ Transit - are my favorite places...Especially Penn Station.
Weird, huh?

July 10, 2007 5:45 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I was gonna put that guy in but he threatened to sue me..
Who notices those things?

Pic is real..used a watercolor filter in photoshop...


Yea..I totally hear u..
Theres something so real...Its such Realism..its art..
I take the subway whenever I can

July 10, 2007 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Allie said...

The wonderful thing about literature is that we can each interpret it in our own way - not necessarily what was going through the author's mind at the time.. :)~

July 10, 2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Thumbs up!

July 10, 2007 10:11 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

thats true...once its out there..its out there..and theyre not mutually exclusive..
And yes..I and also often amazed at the amount of people in this world..people I will never see..never know existed..And of the whole world how many people live in absolute misery..and abject poverty..

ebert and roper...i mean swfm..

July 10, 2007 10:47 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - those things are the most noticeable... lol...

July 11, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

for some..apparently..

July 11, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

btw, the worst thing to eat on the subway is a burger and fries...

July 11, 2007 12:38 PM  
Blogger Open Up! said...

i'm assuming spagetti and meatballs tops that
david i'm sorry but i don't share in your me the subwayis hot and stinky in the summer and cold and stinky in the winter...just a means to an end...a way to get from point a to point b...thought my kids would probably agree with your asessment more then mine lol

July 11, 2007 6:40 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

hmm never tried it...
But i wouldnt want to sit next to someone eating

well then..I guess I'm more like your kids..

July 11, 2007 11:11 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - never tried it either...
gosh, the SMELLS of that grilled piece of rubber..

July 12, 2007 2:09 AM  

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