For one commuter, Government Center nostalgia leads to guerrilla poetry

T staff spotted this graffitied poem in a stairway of Government Center Station just after it was closed last week.
T staff spotted this graffitied poem in a stairway of Government Center Station just after it was closed last week.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

It is in moments of loss, it seems, that we humans most ardently turn to poetry. Think of Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 30” — “I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought/And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste” — or Pablo Neruda’s “A Dog Has Died.”

And so it was that on March 21, as Government Center Station closed up for it’s two-year overhaul, T staff charged with closing up the station and erecting barriers around the entrances discovered a new swath of graffiti scrawled onto the wall, just beside the stairs to the Blue Line.

It’s a lament for Government Center, written by one of the last subway riders to pass through the station before its long-term hybernation.

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Read, and enjoy.

Rebuilding—Transformation – Gratitude

Dear Government Center

Thank you!

How many times have I passed through your halls?

How Many Seasons?

Blue Line to Green Line to work.

Green Line to Blue Line to Home.

Habit of my daily commute

How many moments with family and friends?

Returning with family after I ran the Boston Marathon.

Heightened excitement on the way to the Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins game.

So many comings and goings of so many people you have seen.

Red Brick entry way, Landmark on City Hall Plaza.

Thank you people who built Scolley Square and the Government Center Station

Thank you people who are building the new Government Center over the next two years

I look forward to enjoying your work of excellence.

Thank you

Love Sincerely