Poetry in Motion

New York

The Moment

Marie Howe
A poster featuring art by Lisa Sigal depicts a Brooklyn streetscape reflected in a storefront window with two maneki-neko facing out. Below the photo is a poem titled The Moment, written by Marie Howe.

The Moment

Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment
when,     nothing
no what-have-I-to-do-today-list

maybe    half a moment
the rush of traffic stops.
The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be
slows to silence,
the white cotton curtains hanging still.

"The Moment" © 2011 by Marie Howe. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Push Pull (2018) © Lisa Sigal, MTA NYC Transit Avenue N. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.