The Bus Riders, by Ruth Bavetta
The Bus Riders
Four white plaster people, three seated,
one standing. One reading, three
staring with blank white eyes.
Lurch of the bus, the smell, the exhaust,
the squeal of the brakes
as the bus lumbers to another stop.
The seats around these figures,
the seats that are not there,
fill with people who are not there.
The bus, accelerating, slowing,
exhausting, groaning, grinding.
These mute figures
and their invisible neighbours
can get off or
they can stay on
jostling, bumping, swaying,
all the way to the end.
Ruth Bavetta writes at a messy desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Slant, American Journal of Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. She likes the light on November afternoons, the music of Stravinsky, the smell of the ocean. She hates pretense, fundamentalism and sauerkraut.
10/15/2022 02:39:29 am
Love this poem, Ruth, especially how naming the people and seats not there made it feel like they were there.
11/15/2022 09:13:35 am
The sparse lines are packed full of images. Wonderful poem!
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