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We met at a bus stop,
Cobbled with cigarette butts.
Exchanged hello's,
Lamented the weather.

You were going home to watch television,
Having cleaned your beloved's headstone.
Desecrated by cheerful incontinant birds.
You were looking forward to Hyacinth Bucket.

We laughed at life's quirks,
Chuckled at snobbery.
You were smiling,
I looked in your eyes.

You looked at your feet.
I looked at mine.
We shuffled in silence.
Your bus came.

We exchanged goodbyes,
Went our seperate ways.
Unbearable anguish,
Borne a little bit further.

Submitted: Friday, May 17, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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Every now and again I bump into someone recently bereaved. The other day we met at a bus stop, hence the title. We had a chat and a chuckle and I looked into eyes that betrayed their unbearable anguish. They suddenly noticed that they had been spotted. I felt an overwhelming urge to say or do something and knew that I couldn't. I know from my own experiences just how important it is to take small steps and rest. The meeting lingered and I wrote this.

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  • Ramesh Rai (3/27/2014 11:33:00 AM)

    To day I was reading some quotes of Robert Frost. Ifound a reader always waits for the end of a story or novel but a poem leaves an unvulnrable spot on the the readers which flows in the mind as soft music. Decency of this poem is still echoing to think some more. The end of any poem is the begining of thought to the reader.

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  • Alookh (matin) (9/17/2013 9:58:00 AM)

    a very nice and deep piece! ....i like the way you describe the condition.....i liked it...thanx!

  • Noreen Carden (9/15/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    Hello Anthony a very poignant feeling about this poem really well written
    Unbearable anguish borne a little further well done

  • Danny Draper (6/17/2013 6:50:00 AM)

    A fine poem and the last stanza says it so eloquently. Bravo.

  • Kanav Justa (5/20/2013 12:58:00 AM)

    this one is seriously awsum, , , , , there was something so touchy about it, , , ,

  • David Wood (5/19/2013 3:51:00 PM)

    I wanted this poem to go on more. I wanted to hear more. Its a lovely poem with powerful words that leaves thd reader wanting more.

  • Diane Hine (5/19/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    Bouquets for this - perfectly expressed.

  • Paul Brookes (5/19/2013 3:17:00 AM)

    Beautiful line 'cobbled with cigarette butts' Ah those melancholy visits I remember them well. No consolation but it does get easier. A well written and descriptive poem I was there waiting for the bus with you. Thanks for sharing 10/10 BB : O)

  • Valerie Dohren (5/18/2013 5:22:00 PM)

    Very poignant Anthony - it is always difficult to know what to say to the recently bereaved.

  • Smoky Hoss (5/18/2013 12:33:00 PM)

    A super flow of humanity, heart and soul! Wonderful spirit.

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