by Jeff Glovsky
Underground… feeling heat in the furious subway. Flipping through a candy rack and trying not to deal. I buy a pack of gum and turn to see what kind of juice there is.
I hear come up behind me, as I stare into the cooler now, a pack (or two or three, at least) of pissed off, sudden voices. Angry voices…
Daunting voices. Haunting, loudly overlapping voices…Countershouts in Arabic: strong desert protestations. “Fuck!” cuts through, then “nigger”… then the whumph of impacted, cracking flesh. A muffled ‘pop’ next, silence, running… metal pounding to the floor.
… Go over. Blood pools, train comes, goes… A thermos cup of coffee cools beside a stack of crackers.