Fishnets and Sunglasses

Fishnets and sunglasses almost make me think it’s summer and not the middle of winter. Her nails are deep red and just starting to grow in if the small crescents of bare nail near her cuticles are any indicator. Her boots, jacket, and backpack are black leather. Dark grey socks peek up over the top…

Silver Hairs

Silver hairs curl up around his dark brown cornrows that are shot through with silver as well. A black earwarmer headband covers just the tops of his ears. The young child next to him offers him a bite of her breakfast sandwich and he accepts. Black beads from the bottoms of his cornrows lay lightly…

True, Blue, Miniature New Yorker

He’s a true, blue, miniature New Yorker. Tucked inside his coat’s hood is is a Captain America sweatshirt hood with a big white A in the middle of its forehead and the wings on either side. It has eye-holes in it so I can only assume that when it is pulled up he becomes a…

Faded Jacket

Converse-esque shoes, non-descript blue jeans and a black messenger bag between his legs. A green Henley that is buttoned all the way up except for the top button. A black jacket that looks like it could be Carhart from how durable it appears. The black is fading to white along the seams and it can…

Corduroy Pants

Puke brown corduroy pants that make my stomach churn with the memory of the feeling and sound of two corduroy-encased thighs rubbing against each other. Red sneaker-shoes with thin grey socks bridging the gap between the shoes and pants. He is wearing a fawn colored newspaper boy-esque cap with black, rectangular, thick, plastic rimmed glasses….

Gold Studs

She has round gold studs in her ears that remind me of my first pair of earrings. They are the kind of studs they put through your earlobe with the gun at Claire’s while you’re sitting in a window, holding a stuffed animal and crying. She is wearing dark blue converse and and blue jeans….

Some Days

Some days you wake up and get on the subway already angry with the world. You are tired from a long week/weekend/day/night so you get on and you are already done with everyone around you. You look at a rabbi sitting down reading the Torah, flanked by a black woman and a hispanic woman and…

Photo Booth Technician

The man next to me looks like the photo booth technician from Amélie and he is watching Mr. Robot on his tablet – season one episode two. He has a bandaid on the middle knuckle of his middle finger on his left hand. He is not wearing the bright red converse of the movie character, but…

Fool Me Once

She tricked me once into thinking she was leaving at the next stop and made me think I was going to get a seat. So when she got off many stops later I made sure to take her seat out of sheer spite. In the interim stops I looked at her occasionally and thought that…

Diagonal Line

He has has a golden patch of hair right at the top of his hair in the middle of a wave of medium to dark brown hair. It is hard to tell if it is from too much time in the sun or fading color. A work ID is clipped to his pants over his…

Books on the Train

This is the second time I have seen someone reading a book I have read before this week. Yesterday morning a woman was reading The History of the World in 10 1/2 Short Chapters – I have only read the first chapter of that book, but that was the best one according to my father….

Disengaged

Staring straight ahead, the subway rider is completely disengaged from the conversation happening next to her. Her companion to her left is completely animated, gesticulating when she talks, while their male companion nods along with a small smile. Her hair is up in a ponytail that is half pulled through its black hair tie into…