Morning Commute by Ally Malinenko

Hey, he says,
you look like my wife.
You Indian?
Hey, he says,
You Indian?
Let me show you a picture of my wife.
Look at that.
Ain’t she gorgeous?
She looks Indian.
But she’s a Puerto Rican.
Isn’t that funny.
I was so excited.
Thought I bagged me an Indian
or a Pakistani
and then she tells me
No man, I’m Puerto Rican.
Close enough, right?
She’s still beautiful, right?
Like you.
I gotta say, I think you’re the most beautiful thing
on this train.
I mean, look at you.
Like my wife.
What’s your name?
Oh, Dasha.
Like with a D.
That’s very exotic.
I like that.
You’re Indian?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Dasha, I’m Anthony.
I gotta tell you,
you’re the most beautiful thing
on this train.
I’m not bothering you, right?
I mean, you got a book.
I can see that.
I don’t want to be bothering you.
I hate those creeps that bother people on the train.
It’s just when you see a beautiful girl like Dasha here,
you gotta say something.
They gotta know.
Like I tell my wife all the time.
Women need to know.
Right buddy,
hey buddy,
look at this girl.
This girl, Dasha,
that’s her name.
Ain’t that exotic?
Ain’t she gorgeous?
Like my wife?


Ally Malinenko is the author of the poetry collections The Wanting Bone and How To Be An American (Six Gallery Press) as well as the novel This Is Sarah (Bookfish Books). Forthcoming from Low Ghost Press is a poetry book entitled Better Luck Next Year.



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