The man at the bus stop

There is this solitary bus stop

at the end of the road

Across from suburban bungalows

With gardens freshly mowed

 

I cross it every day

on my way home from work

people leaning against its posts

Students, executives and sundry berks

 

But late one night, on a lonely walk

I saw an old man, sitting under its awning

His glasses glinting morbidly under the streetlight

Possibly awaiting an early morning?

 

I recognized him as one of those sad pensioners

Whose son must drop him here

To board a bus that would take him somewhere

No friendly face or helping hand near

 

I made my way to bid him good night

and ask him what he was doing at this hour

But I took one look at his face and fled

The sight of him like a taste of lime

 

I nearly sprinted all the way

My heart thudding in my chest

My mind buzzing with that last image of him

Still vivid, still fresh

 

I would’ve asked him where his son was

Why his face was as ghostly as the moon

I would’ve asked this stranger a lot more

Had it not been for those gaping wounds

 

When I could master my fear

I felt a twinge of pity and then some

Who was going to tell the ghost of the old man

That now his bus would never come?

 

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