Sitting at bus stops is free
‘If writers want inspiration,’ Lucienne said,
‘Try using public transport.’ I’d like to,
But since I lost my job it’s all I can do
To eat and keep a roof over my head.
Looking for work means daily, bitter frustration.
I save and stay fit by walking everywhere.
But the pleasure I miss the most, the worst loss to bear,
Is the simple, daily art of conversation.
I miss the workday round of chat and cheer,
And the bus driver’s words and friendly morning smile.
If only I could find some company, just for a while.
Suddenly I have an amazing – a brilliant idea.
With a thermos of hot water I act on my realisation:
It’s free to sit in the waiting room at the bus station.
Yvonne Marjot is a British-born New Zealander living on an island off the west coast of Scotland. So far she’s self-published four e-novels to Amazon for Kindle, and won the poetry award at Britwriters Awards 2012. Her first volume of poetry, The Knitted Curiosity Cabinet, has just been published by Indigo Dreams Publishing .