Shuffle, rustle, sigh. Movement everywhere. Fragments: “professor did what! tell me more after lunch!” Fast moving wheels strike the gaps in sidewalk at regular intervals. clack clack clack. Groups of bodies dart between cars, paused at red lights. A whistle, a light, a sign, a gesture: keep moving, now, stop! A sensation of observing an anthill. Chaos, unknowns, so many working parts. Incredibly, no one gets hurt in the unspoken exchanges of breath and passing. Everyone, silently, agrees to go their own ways navigating the sidewalk.
In Newark, Delaware, the students are back.