At lunchtime I tromp the long macadam trail
beside the Hudson River.
The Manhattan skyline is across the water;
you can’t not see the boxy towers, on the left
the north one’s got the TV tower,
the twins twice as high as everything around them.
They steal your eye from wherever you look.
The Jersey City skyline – a mangle of construction cranes
and glass buildings – has got my back.
Between opposing architecture helicopters buzz up
and down over the neutral river
on somebody else’s important business.
Ferries scurry across the water and back.
The Circle Line tour boat trudges upriver.
Low tide uncovers green rocks footing seawalls.
Some day you’ll walk this walk from the Statue of Liberty,
past the Colgate clock through Jersey City to Hoboken
and Weehawken, too, and rest, finally under the GW Bridge.
Meanwhile, nervous waves bash against green rocks.
- By Anthony Buccino
From ONE MORNING IN JERSEY CITY
Copyright © 2010 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.