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Friday, March 21, 2014

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Albuquerque Public Transit: Haiku For Spring

Pool of blood on seat.
No explanation. Welcome
to ABQ Ride.

Woman pulls out comb
to scratch her open face sores.
So mesmerizing.

Man asks for water.
Takes swig, coughs for ten minutes.
Hah! It was vodka.

Man recounts story:
kidnapped by cartel and saved
by God. What the fuck.

Midnight on payday.
Packed bus. Transit cop. Weird smell.
Don't go to the back.

Man, post-funeral,
given stranger's platitudes,
sobs even harder.

This bus doesn't run
on Sundays. Time takes us all.
It's windy as shit.

Same 90s punk kid
in bus, train, streets, fevered dreams.
Where, what, why? Matrix? 

Bus suddenly stops.
Used syringe rolls down grayish aisle.
O, Albuquerque.

In hospital gown,
woman with back scars sits down.
They're both old and new.

 

Photo via busboy4/flickr.

Rebecca Parson is a poet and freelance copywriter.

10 Comments / Post A Comment

Katni

BURQUE REPRESENT! You have no idea how homesick this makes me! Beautiful, just beautiful.

Onymous

Moving there this fall. I'm cautiously excited.

BuffyBot

@Onymous Best food of my life was in ABQ & Santa Fe.

Onymous

@BuffyBot Yeah, it took about a year after I moved to Socorro for me to really get into the groove of New Mexican food, but I am sooo looking forward to carne adovada and sopapillas everywhere (currently in Austin).

I know Southern New Mexico fairly well but really most of my Burque experience is just solving the traveling salesman problem for various liquor stores.

rparson

@Onymous Hope you have a car...

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Street Tuff

These are brilliant! Can I commission you to write about Tucson's transit system too?

rparson

@Street Tuff Thanks! I hope Tucson's transit doesn't bear too many terrifying similarities to ABQ's.

Miel

YES to all of these! Raised in Albuquerque and every time someone here complains about the DC Metro/bus system or says it's sketchy I just shake my head. They have no idea... (Also NM food. OM nom nom.)

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