transi(en)t lines

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a platform on a newly constructed line.
a silhouette against maize acrylic tiles
engraved with a name, repeated in Johnston or Gotham
a sound floor – persistent mechanical murmur, mur à mur,
he listens into the tunnel,
predicting which side the next train would arrive from
or walks down the platform. up the platform.
his exit will be closer to this end, in this direction
in some cities subway cars loop
even on lines that have an end and a beginning,
two beginnings, two ends
in other places: marginal networks, waiting quays –
the places his imagination wanders,
as light signals flicker indicating immediate destinations
a tunnel at the end of a line built during your childhood.

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