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“A long way from the Andes”

A long way from the Andes

the sound of a wooden flute

rides up the escalator

at Lexington Avenue.

Sudden as birds

two girls’ hands

break into conversation

across the car.

from AvenueFind more by Michael O’Brien at the library

Copyright © 2012 Michael O’Brien
Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

Published in Michael O'Brien Poems

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