Poetry in Motion

New York

Love in The Ruins (an excerpt)

Jim Moore
A light purple poster featuring art by John Cavanaugh depicts a black and white photo-montage mural of a Queens neighborhood. Below the art is an excerpt from the poem, Love in The Ruins, written by Jim Moore.

Love in The Ruins (an excerpt)

      I remember my mother toward the end,

folding the tablecloth after dinner
     so carefully,
as if it were the flag
     of a country that no longer existed,
but once ruled the world.

From Invisible Strings © 2011 by Jim Moore. Reprinted with permission from Graywolf Press.
Commuting/Community © 1986 John Cavanagh, NYCT 61 Street-Woodside.
Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.