Paul Simon's
Paul Simon Frankfurt 2002

A Poem on the Underground Wall

ŠPaul Simon, released on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (Simon and Garfunkel) 1966


The last train is nearly due

the underground is closing soon

in the dark deserted station

restless in anticipation

a man waits in the shadows.


His restless eyes leap and scratch

at all that they can touch or catch

hidden deep within his pocket

safe within his silent socket

he holds his colored crayon.


Now from the tunnel's stony womb

the carriage rides to meet the groom

and opens wide and welcome doors

but he hesitates then withdraws

deeper in the shadows


And the train is gone suddenly

on wheels clicking silently

like a gently tapping litany

and he holds his crayon rosary

tighter in his hand


Now from his pocket he quickly flashes

the crayon on the wall he slashes

deep upon the advertising

a single-worded poem comprised of

- four letters


And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding

the poem across the tracks rebounding

shadowed by the exit light

his legs take their ascending flight

to seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night.