the passenger

and a child was born unto her…this whore of Gotham…under an expressway as semis drove above and families passed-on en-route to all points south…vacations awaiting…condo packages purchased…

the cord was cut with a rusty blade found in a garbage can outside a tavern where old men drank away mistakes from the past along with current woes…shot after shot after shot..chased by beer after beer…wives waited…supper got cold..

the whore did not yell…nor kick…or scream out in pain…a bottle of brandy close-by…passed back and forth…dark eyes closed tight as a boyfriend breathed along…in and out in and out…a rhythm…a beat…keep goin’ honey…

bums walked past…some paused…looking-on at the miracle of birth…naked…truth…simplicity…making man want for love…a caring hand to hold…

newspapers gathered…The Post…Daily News…El Diario…make-shift sponges soaking-up spilled blood…tears wiped away…covering the whore and child…a baby boy she would name Moses…warmth…warmth…

yet…like a bank-heist at midnight…Moses was taken from a sleeping mother…sold to the highest bidder…a couple of grand given to a father in need of a fix…in need of a fix…turning the child into junk shot-up in back alleys…bathroom stalls…abandoned homes…leaving the whore for a greater love…she could never give him this…

on a subway at 3…lying sideways shaking… cold sweat ran down a black forehead…brown teeth chattered…mumbling, I’m sorry…so sorry…forgive me…please lord…forgive me…

shhh…hush now,said the passenger standing above…holding a rail as the train rattled through the night…,shhhh…you are forgiven my child…you are forgiven…you are loved…

the passenger leaned-down on this broken soul…holding…rocking…holding…rocking with crying…a wide-open mouth…silent wails as beggars begged…and night-hawks flew…

shhh my child…shhh…you are forgiven…you are forgiven…

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