May 23, 2022


a crowded mid-town bus around noon


a crowded mid-town bus around noon

i watch her mouth move
when she talks
on a phone
the way her lips
stretch & shrink &
the way her tongue

she has perfect teeth
obviously bleached
only a few wrinkles
begin to show

i cannot guess her age
she is not talking to me
perhaps to a lover
or a client
or her lawyer
about impending divorce

finally i am noticed
her eyes flare
she stops speaking
'the fuck you lookin at, huh?'

i quickly turn away
& fumble with my phone --

Article © Jack Henry. All rights reserved.
Published on 2020-04-13
Image(s) are public domain.

1 Reader Comments

06:10:26 PM

Wow, the lady seemed like she might be classy, until her comment. That's intriguing, the difference between who we speculate a person is from their appearance "she had perfect teeth," and who the person turns out to be. I like that last line.

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