Diner, Midtown Manhattan

OCTOBER 2012: POETRY

by Daniel Bowman Jr.

The thought that she can’t stay beautiful much longer
on cigarettes and coffee
nags at her a little more
now that it’s fall.
But not today.
Early Sunday morning, the city forgives her
in its light and silence.
This is how it worships—
a holy refraining,
nothing banging together.
Even the small man at the counter barely chews.

Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country. His first novel, Beggars in Heaven, will be released by Antler Books in fall 2013. A native of the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York, he lives with his wife, Bethany, and their two children in Indiana, where he teaches at Taylor University.