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spacer.gif   Joe Roarty
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 09:23 AM
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60/BLUE ISLAND 

I use to have a job
where I would take the 60/Blue Island bus home at night
O say around 11 or 12
One night this goofy chick gets on says all she wants to do is
tell every single one of us how much she loves us
and she also wanted
to ask for spare change
One night this skinny little kid gets on he was 11 or 12
w/ an older woman his mother or what I don't know
right away there was a hassle at the front about paying their
fares
the kid just walks up the aisle to where an older kid was sitting
and stops still staring at him
and the older kid is sitting there and staring back
and the little kid starts some u aint shit whats your gant u aint
nothing type shit
his skinny arm flies out w/ a long finger at the end of
it
what wrong w/ you man huh whats your gang huh
and the other kid suddenly cracks him in the jaw so that his bony
head goes snapping back on his chicken neck
but he really don't even seem to feel it
and he's saying now I'm gonna kill you you're dead whats your gang
all this time the argument is still going on up front and suddenly
the bus is careening from side to side cause she has grabbed the
wheel and is wresting the driver for it
everybody standing up out of their seats-let go of the wheel!
let the driver drive
until the driver finally gets the bus pulled over and is radioing
for the cops
while in back the two kids are still facing off the little one
letting the bigger one know that he is fucking dead and the other
setting up for another jab
and I get up and grab the little kid from behind
for an instant feeling myself in that intimate space where the
lack of violence is like a vacuum waiting to be filled
He is as light as a baby in my arms and he struggles like a baby
trying to fight off sleep except he's telling me I'm dead too
I get him down in the aisle and sit on top of him
until I see a big cop coming through the door stepping up into
the aisle his bulk seeming to take up the whole space
I get up and sit back in my seat. The kid climbs to his feet and
throws out that long arm I am going to kill you motherfucker but
in a calm even tone as if too exhausted for any emotion
The cop grabs him from behind almost enveloping him in his black
jacketed size. No you're not he says quietly
and disappears w/ him off the bus
Later when the bus is moving again the other kid comes over to
me and smiles and takes my hand in that kind of embrace where the
wrist and forearm curvea togeather We took care of him he says to me


 
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