Metrocard

the stairs to
the electric train
covered with slime
and discarded
metro cards
stuck like the plastic
scales of a strange
metal animal
that slid through
these cheese grater
stainless steel turnstiles
then across the broken tiles
towards the dark tunnel
horn screaming
bright light eyes
snapping open
happened just a minute ago
I can still feel
the back draft wind
coming up the platform
I just missed it

when I slide
my card
the LCD says
‘Insufficient
Fare’

happens every time

I toss my card
into the slime
and get another
one.

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