More Churros/Less Cops
It was a woman selling churros,
and last week it was a man eating on the platform
in San Francisco.
Men with guns gather at the bottom of the subway steps,
crowded in packs, looking lean and wolfish
the have a wide stance and a hard laugh,
they block doors
as the rest of the city tries to catch the train home.
We just want to go home.
A video appears on my phone
four more cops wrestling a fourteen-year-old to the ground,
knees on backs, his feet twitching in his shoes,
the penalty for selling chocolate for his school,
the hard, barking demands for identification.
I look around the subway car,
and wonder what child
In response, the police issued a statement
saying the man refused to comply
I look around the subway car
and wonder in what world
is a fourteen-year-old
The next morning someone
on the subway walls
like a battle cry
like an anthem
like a prayer
or a poem.
MORE CHURROS/LESS COPS
Photography by Ally Malinenko