Aftermath of the Great American Celebration by Carla M. Cherry

The 6 train screeched into the station. I spread my arms
like a mother eagle to keep drunken fools and tourists anxious for a seat
behind my family.

The doors opened, my wall broken by shoving.
I eased into a seat, pulled my arms to my chest
to avoid foreign touch.

Tears trickled down my niece’s cheeks like raindrops.
What’s wrong, I cooed.

Somebody pushed me into a pole!

I scanned the crowd for supplicant faces. Finding none,
I announced: I wish I had seen the person who pushed you.
I’d have smacked them in the face!

My contralto mocked by laughter,
casual conversation, and the roar of wheels against tracks.

Carla M. Cherry
Carla M. Cherry is an English teacher and poet from New York City who has been published in Anderbo, Soar, Obscura, Dis sident Voice, Random Sample Review, Eunoia Review, MemoryHouse Magazine, and Down In The Dirt. She has also published a book of poetry, Gnat Feathers and Butterfly Wings. She hopes to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

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