Pete Lee

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The Music of Words

In the last few years, I've grown more appreciative of the beauty of poetry. I've even tried my hand at it, and must admit, it's difficult.

I take Tri-Met to work frequently; it's a fraction of the cost of paying for parking and, ironically enough, faster than driving. One of my most favorite aspects of Tri-Met bus interior decor is their display of pieces from the Poetry in Motion initiative. Prior to working at my current job, I spent several months taking Tri-Met to Hillsboro--a 45 minute (at best) proposition. After reading the last newspaper, book, and Federal omnibus budget proposal I had with me, boredom would set in, mercifully offset only by the poetry on the bus.

One of my favorite pieces:

I Confess

I stalked her
in the grocery store: her crown
of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip,
her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,
the way she placed yogurt and avocados in her basket,
beaming peace like the North Star.
I wanted to ask, "what aisle did you find
your serenity in, do you know how
to be married for 50 years, or how to live alone,
excuse me for interrupting, but you seem to possess
some knowledge that makes the earth burn and turn on its axis-"
but we don't request such things from strangers
nowadays. So I said, "I love your hair."
--Alison Luterman


  • I was sort of turned off at the "Poetry in Motion" bits when I first saw them, but they have grown on me. Nice to see Tri-Met at least trying to make the Bus a better way to get around.

    But nothing in Tri-Met can be as cool as the underground MAX station at the Zoo or the "silicon forest" at the Rose Quarter station.

    By Anonymous pdx_refugee, at Thursday, August 11, 2005 1:45:00 PM  

  • Indeed--the public art they commissioned IS super neat! Unfortunately, I don't make it that way too often these days.

    That Zoo core sample exhibit they have is one of my favorites, for sure.

    By Blogger PeteLee, at Thursday, August 11, 2005 2:18:00 PM  

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