Pregnant



On the platform of the Q train, heading out to Queens. A crush of people; all of us staring down the train tracks. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

I think that girl pregnant. I turn to my left and it’s a middle-aged woman; short sandy-colored hair and a soft Eastern European accent. Smiling at me, speaking in a conspiratorial hush. Look. That girl over there in white sweatshirt. But she very little. She maybe thirteen.

I can’t really see the girl with the white sweatshirt – too many people on the platform, but I see flashes of the shirt, flashes of a long brown ponytail; the back of her body. She is little. I can’t see the front of her; her stomach or her face. She hugs an adult woman. They both stare down the train tracks.

It very sad, says the woman next to me. But she pregnant. I think that her mother. 

Our hair lifts and underneath our feet, an ominous rumble.

That’s the Q, I say. My train. Have a nice day.

Goodbye, says the woman. She’s smiling so hard her eyes are slits. God bless you.

I move towards the train; elbow my way into the car. And then I finally see the little girl. She ain’t pregnant.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jamaipanese says:

    I wonder if anyone has or will mistake me for being pregnant on a train? ^_^

    1. ieatmypigeon says:

      Depends how you’re standing, I guess! Haha.

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