The line

First published in ONEOFFZINE, March 2016

When they let you out, they give you a bus ticket and fifty dollars. But it’s not easy to take a bus when you look like me, all busted up. The first bus, the driver just rode right on past, didn’t even stop. This other time, the driver, he opened the back door to let the people off, but he wouldn’t open the front door to let me on. That happened before, in California. There was a whole bunch of us. We waited till the same bus came back down the line, and I don’t even want to tell you what we did next.