A Pregnant Woman Riding the “El”

by Sophie Lefens

In an artery of wet rust
Commuters enter consciousness
The toothless, the stained, the ancient grievers
Sit together in kamikaze beauty

Commuters enter consciousness
A not-yet mother and her swarm of bees
Sit together in kamikaze beauty
Fingers small enough to conquer queens

A not-yet mother and her swarm of bees
Float in a pool of human honey
Fingers small enough to conquer queens
Hidden behind cloth and skin

Float in a pool of human honey
The toothless, the stained, the ancient grievers.
A not-yet mother and her swarm of bees
In an artery of wet rust.