The Figure 3. by Michael Paul Hogan

A train
slick and dark
Chicago bound

racing the dawn
through cities
picked out like stars,

figured with ghostly faces
wrapped in light
and rain.

And, wrapped in light,
Chicago bound,
her mouth

defined in scarlet
like the figure 3,
a lady

sees the cities flicker
through the night
and rain.

Born in London, Michael Paul Hogan is a poet, journalist and literary essayist whose work has appeared extensively in the USA, UK, India and China. His poetry has appeared in over thirty literary journals and in six collections, the most recent of which, Chinese Bolero, illustrated by the great contemporary Chinese painter Li Bin, was published in 2015.