Subway Slashing Sonnet

train victim diptych

There are two unfortunate souls right here
The pregnant woman whose young face was slashed
Thinking about being a new mother dear
(& how to keep herself together lashed)

The other’s ridden life’s roller coaster
Hoping the bottom of the descent’s near
When younger, perhaps she was a “toaster”
Angel Dust, Dope: starting with pot & beer

So onto train ventures the mother new
Avoiding she that’s fighting her demons
(Beelzebub says: “don’t let her dis you!”
Sitting elsewhere was what that was seemin’)

Into her bags she reached for the bright shiv
Payback for dis was what she did give

http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/woman-slashed-on-subway-platform-at-grand-central/

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One response to “Subway Slashing Sonnet

  1. What is worse: attacks or indifference?
    A physical assault on one’s body
    Or treatment of cru’l insignificance?
    (Of course, they’re both choices pretty shoddy)

    My body seems to heal more readily
    Sinew, flesh & skin mindlessly rebound
    But the attacks on my soul will deaden me
    In ways that’re devastatingly profound

    For my psyche, id, ego & their “self”
    Distort choices of the corporeal
    Reduce the levers of my mental health
    Increasing importance sartorial

    So the predominance of violence
    Diminishes all of my existence

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