subway ride

© 2019 by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

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they wouldn’t take a report

it was our fault

they wouldn’t take my

friend to a hospital

his contact lens

crushed against his eye

one of the cops 

asked what we had done

to provoke the kids 

who followed us off the

subway calling us faggots

they pounced on my friend

the person 

behind the fare booth

called the cops who 

wouldn’t take a report

they walked away

I helped my friend

up to the street

hailed a cab

to the emergency room

my friend 

kept his hand over

his eye as we sat

in the back of that cab

holding onto each other 

neither one of us

could stop shaking