- Octogenarian Thrown Off Train for Singing Hymns
no lady, she is no lady to the guard on duty, duty to stopthe noise and nuisance too public on the public trainhe is trained to stop the amazing shack-shack of her maracashow sweet and steadying the singular praise-noise markingdownbeat to her raspy church-lady contralto, dauntless maracas pounding,striking dread in the heart of the young man, driven to stop her chantingconsecrations of the air around her, once lost but now found,Miss Emma on her way to her son’s house, but for the disquiet agitatingthe metrorail guard, moved, he is moved by something to lay hands on the bonesand frail skin, hands rough and bruising, possession distorting his brokenmaraca heart, broken his duty to protect, he grabs at her,but Miss Emma hands tight doesn’t hear nonsense,she’s going to bronzeville not brickell station,the guard hurls her onto the platform, cameraphones witness,fellow passengers yell, no, hell no, this is not mississippi goddam,miami, south miami goddam [End Page 378]
Magali Roy-Fequiere’s work is forthcoming in Cave Canem Anthology XIII and the Squaw Valley Review. Having graduated from her three-year Cave Canem fellowship in 2013, she continued to apprentice at VONA and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She teaches gender and women’s studies at Knox College and is the author of Women, Creole Identity, and Intellectual Life in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico (Temple UP, 2004).