Hidden Gem – A Poem on the Underground Wall

So as a poet hopeful, I am more aware of things than before I started writing. I had forgotten how much this touched me when I first heard it, and the way Paul Simon wove his poetry and music together. Perhaps this is just another example of what influenced me, and why my writing often takes on a musical bent. Especially now, as my style continues to evolve, I am drawn to different topics and more fascinated by street writing.

Please enjoy A Poem On the Underground Wall by Simon & Garfunkel.

The last train is nearly due
The underground is closing soon
And in the dark deserted station
Restless in anticipation
A man waits in the shadows

His restless eyes leap and scratch
At all that they can touch or catch
And hidden deep within his pocket
Safe within its silent socket
He holds a colored crayon

Now from the tunnel’s stony womb
The carriage rides to meet the groom
And opens wide and welcome doors
But he hesitates, then withdraws
Deeper in the shadows

And the train is gone suddenly
On wheels clicking silently
Like a gently tapping litany
And he holds his crayon rosary
Tighter in his hand

Now from his pocket quick he flashes
The crayon on the wall he slashes
Deep upon the advertising
A single-worded poem comprised of
Four letters

And his heart is laughing, screaming, pounding
The poem across the tracks rebounding
Shadowed by the exit light
His legs take their ascending flight
To seek the breast of darkness and be suckled by the night, ooh

Songwriters: Paul Simon


  1. Picture, song, all of it wonderful! I remember a wall in an underpass on the way to my Dad’s house when I was a kid, that was painted with the words,” watch time twist and run like paint”…it was there for years and I will never forget it.

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