Chicano Poet

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

After Blackburn

The Hispanic girl

in the short skirt

sits in the subway car

covers up
as best she can

from the

peering eyes of
a young punk

old men

young men

envious married women
and me

I count her attributes

dark thighs, perky breasts

I had already assessed her derrière as ample

before she sat down

just now with a glance
she has tried to sacrifice her own race,

we come out of the tunnel

into Brooklyn Heights,

have I missed my stop

I say to myself
loud enough for her to hear,

the young punk glares at me
not realizing we are equals


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