a mother and herkid play an unending gameinvolving face slaps.
he has a crossword puzzle. i want to whisperthe answers to him.
she tucks a bag nextto her thigh. i glance and seeit holds a small dog.
she uses a loud laptop, flourishing at the end of each typed line.
he says, “you wannahurry up?” to his girlfriend,walking down the aisle.
two hippies wearing paisley and fringe wear simple golden wedding bands.
she can’t choose where to exit, and bounces back and forth like a pinball.
she boards but doesn’tpay. the driver yells back; astranger covers her.
the mother patiently explains to her toddler howmany stops are left.
contrary to thepoint of this, i’m sad when thecar isn’t all mine.
she reaches behind to affectionately pat herself on the butt.
i think i’ve fallen in love at least twice so far this thursday morning.
today’s ride is like being in a clown car, for more than one reason.
showing off his arm tattoos, he says, “them shits ain’t old. them shits is new.”
despite the fact that we’re underground, she keeps on trying to make calls.
a middle aged man sits next to me. i regret that day’s choice of skirt.
mom hits her kid for no reason but moving. i wince. she takes it in stride.
she methodically tests all the rings on what i guess is a new phone.
a preteen girl takes better care of her brother than some moms around.
i can’t believe the lengths i’m going to see what the cute boy’s reading.
a young woman asks obsessive questions on where she can go shopping.
the little girl’s head is in braids and daisy clips, a walking garden.
i will never buy it when you act like hot shit. you’re on the trolley.
he tries to sell me transfers, then begs for change, then rides for just one stop.
i’m glad to see a qu’ran, just to mix things up among the bibles.
he runs as the train rolls away. when it slows for him, he starts to walk.
he wipes the seat with great care, despite not having bathed himself today.
i strain to listen to him quote Scripture at her inaccurately.
i wonder if it isn’t clumsiness to blame, but frotteurism.
she giggles as he tries, awkwardly, to lay his head down on her lap.