union square before clocking in by Senia Hardwick

chess player
there’s a marching band somewhere.
rainbow sand left between the hexagonal tiles, the mandala maker long gone.
“pretzel” in faded chalk.
chess player.
felix has been having a bad time
I can tell by the bad luck spots he’s drawn all over the ground
also chalk
chess player
everyone’s transient
the bench squads the students the tourists the regulars
the chess players
but if you can loiter
it’s all good enough

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Senia Hardwick is an MFA candidate at Queens College, expected to graduate May of 2019. They have been featured in a variety of online and print publications, including TLDR Magazine and The Pickling Poet. More of their work can be found at www.seniahardwick.wordpress.com and on Instagram at necro.pharmakon.

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