The T at 12ish on a Thursday


on the T,

I saw a woman combing

straight, shiny hair

with a small, yellow comb.

Of the same type that would have made me squirm and scream,

made my prepubescent voice and words beg for mercy.

sent my thick curls - shuddering.

The T is a mix of sepia colors separated by lines that are forgotten in daydreams.

Against brown and beige,

canary plastic glints with conviction

Sometimes, however,

it gets lost

between wisps of hair and hand

AH! It’s back again… glossy :)

Ballet from root to tip,


from one ringed hand to the next.

(did she have rings? i don’t remember but she looked like someone who would have had a few)

Dark strands meld in solidarity

I float in her whites, blues and purple

a memory of van-gogh is replaced by a deceptively long performance of woman and machine

Brick runs past me


and my fingers

that are not hers

that remain unable to touch midnight velvet at times when clocks are not meant to be read


I sit opposite,

creating a millimeter memory of a conversation of colors.

Beams of fluorescence are absorbed into folds of black thread shaking with purpose.

Yellow like the sun,

naughty like the moon.


bangs !

Mathematical marvel: parallel lines,

never touching,

not moving.

A flash of blue denim, thick wool, leather handbag

and she is gone.

Comb tucked away carefully, like the everyday essential it deserves to be.

unseen but immortalised is how we like our essentials to be.

please write about my chapstick, dear Reader.

Sepia is now dry concrete.

New feet stagger to find rest amidst jerks of steel-aluminum alloy.

New faces sit down, unimpressed by metal boxes, as all should be.

New bodies shuffle uncomfortably



a beating heart

dilated eyes

sweaty palms

an unexpected metamorphosis…

Jahnavi Meta

artwork by Shelli Weiler

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