Barry Conway


Late In Delaying - Poem by Barry Conway

LATE IN DELAYING.

HE WAS STILL AT,
PADDINGTON MAIN LINE STATION,
OR SHOULD HE SAY,
MAIN LIE STATION?
FOR TODAY, HORRAY,
MORE THAN HALF THE TRAINS,
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED!
LEAVES ON THE LINE,
OR WORSE,
THE WRONG TYPE OF WEATHER!
SURELY THEY WERE EXPECTING WEATHER,
SOONER OR LATER?
IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY!
365 DAYS A YEAR,
EVERY YEAR!

APART FROM BEING ANNOYED,
FRUSTRATED,
AND EXTREMELY P....D OFF,
HE WAS THIRSTY AND HUNGRY,
BUT TO BUY SOMETHING,
ON THE CONCOURSE,
FROM THE RETAIL VULTURES,
WAS TO PUT YOURSELF IN DEBT,
FOR LIFE!

HE WATCHED THE SUSHI,
GO ROUND AND ROUND,
DEAD PARCELLED FISH FLESH,
SLOWLY ROTTING IN THE AIR.
AT LEAST THEY WERE MOVING,
EVEN IF IT WAS ROUND AND ROUND,
GOING NOWHERE REALLY.

HE HAD GOTTEN UP TO WALK,
AS HIS BUM, WENT NUMB,
WAITING, WAITING, WAITING,
NOTHING ON THE BORED, BORING BOARD!
HE COULD HAVE WALKED TO READING BY NOW.

LONDON,
WHAT WAS THE USE OF WORKING IN PADDINGTON,
IF YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO WAIT,
AT THE STATION
WHAT A P..S HOLE IT HAD BECOME,
ALL BE IT A CULTURAL PISS HOLE,
EXPENSIVE,
DIRTY, OVERCROWDED, POLLUTED,
TO MUCH CRIME,
TOO MUCH OF EVERYTHING!

THEN THE COUP DE GRAS!
THE TRAIN NOW LEAVING ON PLATFORM 6,
IS THE DELAYED 5.40 TO READING.
MARVELLOUS!
JUST WHAT HE NEEDED TO HEAR!
WAITED 4 HOURS,
AND STILL MISSED THE TRAIN,

THAT WAS IT!
HE NEEDED A NEW DEPARTURE,
FROM HIS LIFE OF MISERRY,
F..K LONDON HE SAID TO HIMSELF,
THEN OUT LOUD FOR ALL TO, HEAR,
F..K PADDINGTON,
AND F..K LONDON!

Topic(s) of this poem: crime, frustration, london, pollution, trains, weather


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 26, 2018


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