October's "Bright Blue Weather": A good time to read!: Albert M. Bender, 1936 [?], for Illinois WPA Art Project (Work Projects Administration Collection, Library of Congress)
Strange to turn to old ghosts, watch ourselves dissolve
In their eyes. They were not here to help us,
Merely to drag us back against our will
Into a dim becalmed past, then forward into
Occluded presents which yet feel too bright
Ghosts do wear sheets but not for sleeping.
Sometimes people die while still alive
and then come back to life
but only partially. You can read the signs
around the eyes, which get
a dusty look like burned out hundred watt bulbs.
When they pass one another on the streets
there is a soft noise, as of muslin touching.
Union Station waiting room, Chicago: photos by Jack Delano, January 1943 (Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection, Library of Congress)