a syncopated chew
below “This is LIU”
three riders looking glum
all are clacking gum
one is twiddling thumb
she’s mum mum mum
he’s claw claw claw
they’re three to two per jaw
deranged by askew maw
gum stands for feelings raw
for pain and rain
and New York’s drain
the lady’s spark begins to wane
the light through window crashes train
tunnel’s blue bursts flash on brain
the lady beats her lash in vain
through closing doors she has free rein
such train neighbors were pre-ordained

read The Very Ambivalent by Madeline

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