Wednesday, November 20, 2013

a day trip to Miami

self-portrait: rembrandt van rijn (detail)

a day trip to Miami
by Norman J. Olson

first floating
like some weightless
mirage, five miles
up… then riding the bus
to South Beach… it occurred
me that Rembrandt
would have
enjoyed the faces
of businessmen
etched against the bright daylight
of the airplane window…
would have understood the woman with tangled hair…
and the damp pastel
decay of Miami
would have wanted
to draw
the wrinkled face, the gray
hair and old blue eyes,
in the dirty glass
of the Miami Dade

~ first published in Poetry Repairs