Bonus Cut Poetry: “Bronx-Bound, Uptown” By Abby Conklin

This is the 11th installment of Bonus Cut Poetry, a new series that features original poems by Bonus Cut staff, artists and YOU! In this series, our mission is to bring people together in poetry, share stories and display wonderful artistic pieces. If you would like to have your poems in the next Bonus Cut Poetry installment, just email us at

Our 11th installment features Bonus Cut’s own Abby Conklin.

Bronx-Bound, Uptown
By: Abby Conklin

Have you ever been in love
the way you should
be with the New York
subway?  The numbers,
letters, stamped into circles.
The blocks ingested,
digested, passed through
the steel ribs of track-bound
earthworms. Satisfaction
of swiping a plastic card
to wonderland, where we
are all platform geniuses
in the drunk haywire
of weekends.

There will be stories later.
About a “you” and a “me.”
About being hungry and new in this place
that holds dreams hostage.
But for now, I only want
to talk about the concrete
dank of the subway.
The glory of express trains on Tuesday mornings.
The fruit snacks wrappers,
left crumpled on the seats.
Haven’t there been enough
poems already?

Oh christ, don’t tell me
you love it here, too.

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