“Stop”: A poem by Kwesi TerboLizard


by Kwesi TerboLizard


the light turned red
and they ran ahead of me
as they slipped into tomorrow
no one looked back and they ran
while my heels were still glued to the curb
while I waited at the light for eternity
racing past midnight
they sank out of sight
the gap between us growing wider until
the light turned green
and I ran, too
chasing after them
even though they wouldn’t stop
and then the light turned red again and
catching up was out of the question.