Sunday, 18 October 2009

Terrorist

A fat Accountant rides the Tube

in pinstripe grey with shiny shoes,

plates of meat (at least Thirteen’s)


while on his left an Indian woman;

petite, squashes her arm against

the carriage wall and to his right


a youth, skeletal, struggles with cookpots,

equally squashed, in orange boxes

balancing high a free newspaper,

flicking, flicking pages quickly


while big-man glances right and left,

sniffs and leans, holds a fuse:

Canary Wharfe, London Bridge,

Burmandsey, Southwark, into Waterloo.

5 comments:

  1. I love the detail also. It is a compressed bit of reality. Reminds me of the bus rides in Los Angeles. I feel real life in here and it is good.

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  2. Excellent title. Even better. Perfect!

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  3. As always, I'm so astounded by what you write. You are so fearless about the topics you chose to write about and I greatly admire you for that. Thank you for sharing little pieces of your heart and soul over the years. A very blessed and merry Christmas to you, John. -Tay Hastings ( @ApocalyptiGirl )

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