The Man on the Median

The snow lies worn on the side where the cars stop,
a strip long as the chance for cash and broad
enough for a man’s two feet: efficiency
born of despondent purpose. He walks the rut
of another day’s work, unstopping, for warmth and a thing
to do, Tim Horton’s cup clutched, half-crushed,
reflecting in the driver’s window glass.

Kyle Gervais teaches Classical Studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, where he lives with his husband and two cats. His academic work focuses on Classical Latin poetry and its reception from late antiquity to the modern day. He has poems published and forthcoming in Arion, Canadian Literature, Classical Outlook, Defenestration, Literary Imagination, and Triggerfish Critical Review.

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2 Responses to The Man on the Median

  1. The poem is warm and moving, but I’m interested in what you do with classical Latin poetry. Ever tempted to post some? Perhaps a side by side, you and Catullus…

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