Metro-North New Haven Line


Grand Central Harlem-125th Street 

I used to live here, 

now I’m a visitor 

I tilt my head back 

onto red pleather 

to catch the view 

the building1 made of brown bricks 

with hunter green window trim 

the squat grey and white 

buildings2, connected 

by a glass bridge 

the black tower3 

almost thirty stories high 

Henry J. Carter4 

most patients tethered 

to their ventilator 

by the light blue tube 

snaking out of their neck 

Harlem-125th Street Stamford 

Major Deegan Expressway 

iHeartRadio Billboard 

Cardinal Hayes High School 

There is Evidence for God 


someone stokes a fire 

above the tracks 

under a bridge 

squat houses 

shoulder to shoulder 

a wine-red sheet 

used as a curtain 

cars run alongside us 

on the I-95 N 

white ghosts 

float in the water— 

yachts, covered 

for winter 

sprawling mansions 

with bright green grass 

how much does land cost 

in Greenwich? 

fuck it— 

here’s a baseball diamond 

and three tennis courts 

Stamford Noroton Heights 

offices with mirrors for windows 

clusters of apartments for commuters 


as storage: 

tires, wood, 

a blow-up swimming pool, 

seven trucks 

Noroton Heights Darien 

repeating strip malls: 

dry cleaners, take out, 

nail salon 

Darien Rowayton 

teenage girls waiting for the train 

to Manhattan have at least one: 

straightened hair 

vegan leather jacket 

lace skirt 

knee high boots

Rowayton South Norwalk 

station with a 

pickle ball court 

South Norwalk East Norwalk 


I don’t know what they sell, 

but they make me want to buy it 

East Norwalk Westport 

house with dark brown 

wooden balcony 

nine wind chimes 

strung about 

Westport Green’s Farms 

more ghosts in the water 

tide so low, 

beaches reduced to sand 

Green’s Farms Southport 

all land, no houses 

no farms, either 

Southport Fairfield 

leafless trees 

raise their spider-like 

branches to the sky 

in parking lots, 

mounds of dirty grey snow 

refuse to melt 

Fairfield Fairfield Metro 

our train passes another, 

going in the opposite direction

we become concave 

pulled by its wind tunnel 

Fairfield Metro Bridgeport 


Family Tea Blenders 

since 1945 

fairy lights over the courtyard 

of an apartment complex 

New Beginnings Family Academy6 

Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater 

Bridgeport Stratford 

can’t tell the true color 

of the roof tiles, 

they’ve either been burned 

or are covered in black mold 

Apostolic Worship Center 

Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal 

brown brick factory 

spanning several blocks 

has shattered windows 

like a bomb went off 

open containers 

function as houses 

Stratford Milford 

white church, 

gold steeple 

Home Depot, 

ShopRite, Walmart 

Milford West Haven 

pastel yellow apartment building 

lights inside show a wreath, 

leftover from Christmas 

Yale West Campus 

Best Western 

West Haven New Haven 

animated M&M vending machine 

West Haven Veterans Museum 

thick electric lines 

crisscross above us 

graffiti covered stone walls 

welcome us to our destination 

are the windows of all 

union stations arched?

1 see: Jane B. Aron Residence Hall 

2 see: the Mount Sinai Hospital 

3 see: the Annenberg building at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

4 see: NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter

5 see: Safavieh Intl LLC

6 see: “Positively Impacting the Lives of Bridgeport Students”


Christina Dimopoulos-Verma is a first-generation Greek American from the California Bay Area. She earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her writing has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She created and runs a narrative medicine curriculum for the Yale Internal Medicine Residency, where she is a Chief Resident.