the poster in the subway car

a college girl with dyed purple hair is sitting on the other side
of the subway car
texting, viciously texting using both hands

she doesn’t see the hipster looking guy who is sitting next to her
he is reading a book of poetry, wearing earrings and a wide rubber bracelet with the word ‘NOISE’, – white on black

at some point, she stops texting and makes a call to her mom
it is raining and she wants a pick up from the train station

the hipster guy emerges from his reading
scratches his black beard and looks around
the girl resumes texting
they don’t notice each other

on top of their heads, there is a poster
of a man, a woman and a boy between them
a man looks like this hipster guy, – black bearded with empty glass eyes
a woman, – a tall smiling blond
and the boy, average boy who likes to play on his Xbox and with his dog named Trooper

the train stops at my station

standing on the station under the drizzling rain I was thinking about
that guy and that girl
but they were smiling from the poster and me in standing between them as a boy


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