窓 Mado

The train is late tonight.

 

When it arrives,
I have my hands stuffed
inside my jacket pockets,
warming them
with a hot coffee I’ve purchased
from the godsend vendo machine.

 

How many UCC coffees
have I chugged down this workweek?
I run on this stuff, I suppose.

 

The sharp exhale
and the high screech of the wheels on the tracks
bring me back.

 

When the doors open, I step inside
with the only other passenger at this hour.

 

I take my seat.
What a mercy.

 

The other passenger stays standing.
He leans back against the doors when they close —
which,
I think to myself,
is not very wise.

 

I drift,
dozing in and out.
The low hum of everything,
a familiar lullaby.

 

My stop is the last one on this line.

 

The doors have opened
and closed
several times by now,
and my co-passenger has moved.

 

He’s chosen a better spot,
hanging onto one of the handles.
He’s texting someone.

 

I doze in and out.

 

Until my stop finally greets me —
a digital female voice,
the same sharp exhale of the train
as it screeches to a halt on the tracks.

 

The other passenger alights before me.

 

He glances back,
pulls his jacket tighter around himself,
and mumbles about

 

how the train is still full.

 

 

Written by @micahfinds
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Author: @micahfinds

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