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Purgatory – Poetry

May 10, 2011

Purgatory

The same brown bricked building

stands concrete outside the bus

reminding me that my stop

has still not arrived.

These sorry legs of mine

prop my body up

against the leather seats

seemingly stuffed with stones.

The deep throbbing in my knees

has settled in and my whole body

aches just to rub them, but my arms

stay rigid and tensed.

The man beside me is mute

and like every other commuter,

is etched in wax; not dead,

yet certainly not alive.

In front, an old lady is trapped

between particles of air,

and nothing else, attempting

to retrieve her misplaced change.

Not even the three flies stuck

to the smudged window can buzz

to break this quiescent scene.

Nine forty three A.M. glares

from my digital wrist watch.

Time has been fastened to it,

and so have we all, being set aside

to know nothing of the afterlife

but maintain a horrific still picture

of life half gone.

AJG

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