A Face in a Flash

Boston T Red Line - by Trent P McDonald

A face in a flash
Nameless girl in the third car
Her eyes followed me

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Has a new face ever appeared in your life only to disappear just as quickly?  Have you watched the subway riders as a train approached the station? I once thought of the nameless people flashing by me and thought it would make a great song. I called this hypothetical song “A Face in a Flash”. Only, it just didn’t work, the words wouldn’t come. I tried to force it, but nothing. Earlier tonight as I reread the story I wrote and posted yesterday, “A Brief Encounter”,  the words “a face in a flash” came back to me. I took the half page of failed song and boiled them down to the haiku above.

Inspiration can be found everywhere, from a anonymous face in a train window to an awful song.  Nothing is wasted.

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Sketch by Trent P McDonald

7 thoughts on “A Face in a Flash

  1. pranita patra

    It does happen. and I feel like I am going to remember that face, but alas, I guess those few seconds aren’t enough for the brain to record an image and store it! But then there are those very few faces, or a look in the eye that is sort of ingrained in mind! :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ll admit that I usually don’t remember the actual faces of people that I briefly connect with. I think that connection is what grabs all of my attention instead of the actual features of the person. But, as you said, there might be a special face or a look in the eye that sticks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Karen! It seems like WP doesn’t want you commenting on or liking my posts. Really weird. Well, both like and comment are here now – thanks!

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