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Prometheus Waits for the 21 Uptown

With a touch of my mittened finger

bug zapping space heaters burn yellow

at the 21 Uptown/84 Express bus stop on

the corner of Snelling and University.

I am a golden god: Prometheus the fire stealer,

Coyote making the moon.

Moth instincts denied by metal cages,

the waiting crowd ceases blowing on their hands.

The bank sign blinks 7:40 p.m. to -4 c and back again

with a click we are plunged into cold despair.

Frozen life smoke curling upward,

I push the button again.

Poem: URSULA MURRAY HUSTED spends her time making comics, daydreaming about boats, and feeding the cats. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter. She dislikes sudden loud noises and Styrofoam packing peanuts but adores regional candy and roadside attractions. Her middle-grade graphic novel about cats, friendship, and art history will be coming out from HarperCollins in 2020.

Art: ANDY SINGER is a cartoonist and illustrator. His work has been published in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and books, including the New Yorker, Esquire, The Progressive, La Décroissance (France), The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and San Francisco Bay Guardian.


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