A Stampede Averted


once, while herded out

of the sixers game

at the now corporate named

subway station in south philly

the crowd got jam packed

at a bottleneck to pay the turnstile

machines and naturally our bodies

rushed so we didn’t miss the train

and would have to wait

on the dark and stuffy

underground platform

burly police officers

watched the commotion

until they determined

things got out of control

the cops shoved us back

which we didn’t mind so much

until one big pig yelled

“move the fuck back”

in his booming voice

and a collective silence rose

then broke by a dude w/ an afro

in the front who said

“man fuck you back in the day this train

was free now you gotta pay $2.25 a ride

this is bullshit man”

the guy straight up walked

past the cops like it was nothing

and guess what they didn’t beat his ass

and we went on with our nights

like nothing happened

even though something did

and it was beautiful

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