The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®


Meryl Natchez

Thinking about Einstein while waiting for the Big Blue Bus


I am standing at the bus stop on the corner of Pico and Lincoln
wondering how it is that the light that spills so generously over the
sidewalk the blue metal bus stop chairs the five lanes with their cross-

stitch of traffic can be “discrete packets, discontinuous, distributed
across space” how a mind on a series of ordinary mornings forkfuls and
mouthfuls and earfuls how a mind could deconstruct the everywhereness
of light into microscopic moving parts some of which only exist when
they bump into each other how is it he could gaze at the golden
abundance spilling over Ulm and Munich and Pavia and think no not a
blanket not a swath but a gathering of particles that meander somewhat
predictably through the bent universe to bump against us in leaps and
bounces while in Germany the Jews begin to stitch yellow stars on their
sleeves and next to me at the bus stop mostly Hispanic faces and the
light streaming over everyone




MERYL NATCHEZ' translations include: Poems From the Stray Dog Café: Akhmatova, Mandelstam and Gumilev, and Tadeusz Borowski: Selected Poems. Her poetry collection, Jade Suit, appeared in 2001. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Comstock Review, Pinch Literary Review, Lyric and others. She is on the board of Marin Poetry Center and blogs at



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