In the soft morning light, I see them walking
slowly towards the dark subway station. Dead
potential, a long line of Japanese salarymen
all dressed in dark blue or black suits, white
shirts, dark ties, dead-eyed and resigned.
Those thirty and over, I see it in their defeated eyes,
the fallen baseball star, the crushed manga artist,
the Judo master too beat up to make the Olympic team.
But it in the young, twenty-two, fresh from college; that a
small living flame scorching its way towards freedom
still cries out in the morning crush,
“I will find a way out of this!”
About the Creator
Steve Howard's self-published collection of short stories Satori in the Slip Stream, Something Gaijin This Way Comes, and others were released in 2018. His poetry collection Diet of a Piss Poor Poet was released in 2019.