Blue Route

He was coming from the clinic

after an adulthood spent

abusing his body,

a farm boy trying to fit Los Angeles.

She was coming off of work

about to spend an hour

abusing her ego

attempting yoga poses beyond her stretch.

A man who had to get a mammogram.

Did men get those?

Maybe this tumor was his fault?

A woman who had sat with death before,

and would listen now,

all the way to the next stop.