Stepping off a curb once in Manhattan
on 5th Avenue, I felt a hand
clutch my blazer near my lower spine
and yank me back onto the sidewalk
in mid-step just as a bus passed
inches in front of my face.
The sudden breeze was a delight,
especially now that I was still alive
to appreciate it. I turned
to thank my unknown benefactor
but no one's eyes met mine, nobody
seemed to want to take the credit.
That's the thing about New York,
Everyone's always in such a hurry.
Kurt Luchs has poems published or forthcoming in Into the Void, Right Hand Pointing, and The Sun Magazine, and won the 2017 Bermuda Triangle Poetry Prize. He founded the literary humor site TheBigJewel.com, and has written humor for the New Yorker, the Onion and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, as well as writing comedy for television and radio. Sagging Meniscus Press published his humor collection, It's Funny Until Someone Loses an Eye (Then It's ReallyFunny). His poetry chapbook, One of These Things Is Not Like the Other, is forthcoming. More of his work, both poetry and humor, is at kurtluchs.com.