3300 volts
powers suburban trains
shrivelling him to the size of a ham
“I got used to it,”
he said,
“And I can’t stop”
7:40 A.M.
Nilopolis Station
Red laceless basketball shoes
yellow Bermuda shorts
and a plaid shirt
Top speed 75 M.P.H.
Surfista!

“Its our sport.
If you fall you’ve gone soft
and your finished”
The king is dead,
his successor too
6:30
Arm in a sling
Hit the cable three times
and survived

Another
lost egs
Street hawker office boy
and glass cutter
Burns bald patch and scar
on display
“Whoever falls, was”

Baixada Fluminen
Five a day murdered
death squad drug
dragged from the river
Some sell candy

“Surfing is a joke
that leads to nothing,”
she said.
“But the air up there is so good”

No proof surfing ever
caused a rail disaster
$2.00 fine
7:30
Bottle of wine
but no surfing for the moment
Pregnant
Woolen hat
scarf wrapped head
out of the window
to the top of the train

screaming wailing stamping feet
and a blue flash
Surfista!
“Don’t worry,”
she sais,
“Somebody would have said something
if one of them were dead”

Surfista!
The air up there is so good.