Krishnarasa Seshadri

The 110b Woes.

I race the sun and spheres
I ignore morning prayers,
Sometimes breakfast, and the bread-box,
Just for 110b, the one and only 110b.
Ay, but he is the Sphere of spheres,
His spurt of speed, unstoppable:
And
There
He
Goes

Without me…….
Beaten by the distance of one point five yards,
Forsaken by the Wheels of Speed,
I get on into the ‘other’ Bus
That makes the journey seem an Odyssey.
But I, unlike Ulysses, am left to weather
The hardship of a crowded bus,
Of pointed stilettos, and poking elbows.

The man at the rear end
Seems to find me interesting.
In him I seem to inspire dreams.
And when I dismount this over-burdened steed,
Another of the long haired and shrill voiced species
Will take my place, and entertain my co-passenger.

The end of my dupatta
Catches some bag’s zip.
I tug, I tug, remembering Draupadi,
My five fingers like the five Pandavas, are ineffectual.
The zip, like Dushyasan, doesn’t let go.
And I tug until I elbow
Someone next to me, and earn her glare,
Until Providence decides the moment of liberation.

A ticket to *** Arts takes me around the city
In all its drama, bustling like a stage
That no one stops to watch.
The signal never shows green
As the Bus begs to traverse the busy Carrefour,
But sometimes, Patience is rewarded.
To vent his anger, the Bus takes a sharp turn
At the Hope College Road, and like limp rubber
My spine bends, propelled forward by those behind me.....

Life’s one long battle, and mine commences
Every morning on the Bus.
The Bus is the purgatory.
Purged, I am thrown out of it,
And into the Hell that College is.

Poem Submitted: Friday, September 25, 2009
Poem Edited: Thursday, June 23, 2011

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Comments about The 110b Woes. by Krishnarasa Seshadri

  • Jeff Pua (4/15/2010 11:03:00 AM)

    wow.. very ceative.. I have to agree with what the others said.. you have great narrative skills.. a nicely penned piece..

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  • Allemagne RoßmannAllemagne Roßmann (3/16/2010 4:58:00 AM)

    That makes the journey seem an Odyssey.
    But I, unlike Ulysses, am left to weather
    The hardship of a crowded bus,
    Of pointed stilettos, and poking elbows.
    Fantastic and mindblowing write--a wonderful journey reading thorugh your poems

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  • Anusha Subramanian (10/8/2009 8:47:00 AM)

    Wonderful piece of poetry.. The bus ride is outstanding! ! Lovely.. Beautiful.. Fantastic..ofcourse it gets a 10..

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  • Sandra MartyresSandra Martyres (10/3/2009 11:03:00 PM)

    You have great narrative skills....making a crowded Bus ride sound humourous is quite a feat....lovely piece meriting 10++++

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  • Mubeen SadhikaMubeen Sadhika (9/28/2009 5:57:00 AM)

    Nice expression. Beautifully written. superb narration. deservea 10+++

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  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (9/27/2009 10:05:00 AM)

    hehe... you are smart as usual, the poem is fantastic.. you portrayed much more than a bus ride..

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (9/27/2009 9:04:00 AM)

    I'm sure this is a favourite poem to everybody...so much humour in you...thank you very much

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (9/26/2009 4:26:00 AM)

    humorous piece...you have adequate imagination and creativity in you Krishna...thanks...10

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  • Aparna Sinha (9/25/2009 10:54:00 PM)

    ha ha ha...I can imagine...(lol) ...I loved the poem, you did it so well! ! !

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  • Joseph Poewhit (9/25/2009 2:32:00 PM)

    Bus rides can be trying

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  • Rakesh Bedi (9/25/2009 8:46:00 AM)

    Beautiful expression throughout but for the concluding stanza...... you name college as hell.....why? ? ?

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  • Samanyan Lakshminarayanan (9/25/2009 7:41:00 AM)

    how well you bring out the daily routine of a bus travel to avinasi road...and the humor is natural and excellent with the pancha pandavars [your fingers] trying to save your dupatta...what to do little lady....the shrilled voiced long haired species do inspire the gruffy voiced species all over the world...i take this into my favs for its casual humor and wonderful flow

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