Julie Benesh

Between the afternoon and dusk outside 
the subway stop at State and Grand talking
about plumbing fixtures or so we thought

when something someone said or heard some way 
reminded us of Paris that one time
arguing outside the Metro I'd said 

look at the moon and we'd looked at the moon  
like a swelling belly replete with both 
prescience and potential and you proclaimed

that moment taught you so much about 	your 
capacity for wonder and delight
and I spat out my coffee and we still 

go on going on like trains underground 
or vessels/tunnels/tracks holding them safe.

Julie Benesh is the author of ABOUT TIME. She has published stories, poems, and essays in Tin House, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Hobart, JMWW, Cleaver, Maudlin House, and many other places. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Read more at juliebenesh.com.