A salute to 9AM’ers.
A salute to the sea of Rush.
Walking in the opposite direction, an ocean of people part like I was Noah.

Bubble headphones and white wiring entertain the mind from Here and Now.
Heads bobbing, feet shuffling, right then left.
Coffee in left hand, phone in right
Rushing. Late. Almost late.

Do you see me?

Women with two bags full
day ahead.
Shirt for summer, layers for autumn, jacket for winter breeze that follows.
Completely prepared for the “possible rain” but quite oblivious to this moment Now.

Must get to building, must beat the boss, you are too slow, move to the left, stay out of my way.

Do you see me?

The sun creeps across buildings like paint on canvas, somewhere on the other side of the avenue, over there.
The light unintimidated by the city soundscapes, oh, the ever present sounds of this glorious city whispering to us in tongues.

Do you see me?

Women with prepared lunches.
Lines of men seeking egged bagels and watered down coffee stuffed into sandwich bags at the corner deli that floats on wheels.
The smell is intoxicating.

Oh, New York City at 9AM — oh, 9AM’ers
Filled with possibility, with unfinished purpose, with direction, buzz and life —

I salute you.

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.