Poetry Issue 8

   Issue # 8: July - December 2007

Helen Klein Ross


On the A Train


      Why you jump
      when someone start singing?
      That man, everybody,
      that man a guilty man.

      That man jump out his seat
      like I shot him. That there man
      done something. See him?
      He guilty.

      What you done, Mr Guilty?
      You got something
      you stole from people?
      No one else jump.

      They dont move an inch.
      They dont look up now.
      Cause they scared of you,
      Mr. Guilty. Boo! Lookit,

      he jump again! Guilty
      man. You cant run
      from guilt. Ask him,
      everybody. That there man

      with the black hat—
      What he do?