"Noscitur A Sociis" is a latin phrase that means: It is known from its associates. The phrase is used mainly in law where it applies to the meaning of words. I use it here as a way to imply that one cannot be distinguished from its 'hive'. It's also a poem about the subway.
Noscitur A Sociis (12/22)
The swarm is halved - then thirds
You are running in a bowler and overcoat
a train slowly leaves you behind
The individuals stop - stunned - from the air
pebbles shocked over sand at night
The platform is empty
your shoes clicking on cement
you kick at the chipping yellow paint
the edge slopes into void
The swarm are periods - falling loosely - eighths
What do the calcite formations speak of?
that this is a lonely underground?
that the R train will never come again?
The swarm has become a trail of ink
the world is littered with stoppages
Tap out the Morse of your thoughts
that is a wing-tip sound