From Unpredictable Hue, 2019.
Oh my goodness look
long haul route double-decker bus
parked at curbside
luggage doors open
Load up those suitcases
we are going on a trip.
Look at that crowd
eddies of moving feet
of shorts and T-shirts and flipflops
in the summer morning heat.
Look at that blue-shirt driver
hurl those bags under the bus.
Look at those faces
the people already boarded
cheeks and noses
hard up against the windows
bored or tired or indifferent or
sharp and alive
to the scene they are about to leave.
Look at that city traffic
road and sidewalk
look at it squeeze by around this bus
with the everyday matter-of-fact
so what I still have to get to work
I’m not leaving town today
Watch that driver slam the bay doors shut
Watch that last old lady
that last young guy that lady and her baby
step up and
disappear into their journeys
Watch that driver squeeze the door together
start the engine that
vibrates up and down all the sidewalk
Watch that bus pull away from the curb
make its deliberate lumbering merge into
the everyday traffic
head for the highway and every inch
a throwing off
Watch that bus leave.
I wish I were going too.
Large Artist Sketchbook 2018
This poem is from my Large Artist Sketchbook 2018. Similar to my previous Large Artist Sketchbook 2017 and Small Artist Sketchbook 2018, I created artwork in a book over a period of time, 2017-2018, and later wrote poems to go with each image. All poems were published in the collection Unpredictable Hue in early 2019 (without their illustrations).
In the sketch book, the poems are on the facing page for each picture – here I am only showing you the illustration. Each poem is numbered according to my master list and the date refers to when I wrote the poem, not when the illustration was done.
Read and enjoy, and thank you!