Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

On the Times Square

by Piotr Stankiewicz

the newcomers from Europe
are looking around here
more or less tentatively
they seek the point
where the axis of the universe
breaks through the New York pavement
the Americans could have marked it
charge two dollars per photo
by the navel of the world
or at least could have left
a meaningful concavity
in the asphalt
nothing of that kind
you’d have to fall on your knees
search for that point on all fours
but certainly this kind of detailed survey
is too tough a challenge
so nothing of this
any passer-by could have stepped on it
quite naturally with no malice
like on a coin dropped by somebody
and now he’s waiting
for us to depart

Added: 30.04.2011

Judges' comments on this poem


Living in New York, I like this one a lot. It rings true to both the sight-seer's point of view and a new Yorker's.