In celebration of National Poetry Day, here’s one I wrote earlier, whilst still carrying out a daily commute on the train, inspired by the ‘poems on the underground’ series.
We slow, with jerks as the station approaches.
The carriage creeks, a baby cries.
The doors shriek their opening.
Into our faces cold wind flies.
Maybe that’s why our heads shift downwards.
Eyes seek out the path of our feet.
Fingers grope for screens and phones.
No one shares warm words or smiles that greet.
If only courage took us rather than indifference.
We’d talk to people and laugh as we commute.
Find comfort and warmth in classless groups.
And make time fly along the route.
So now I pledge, when I travel by train.
To talk and laugh, to smile and share.
To listen to buskers…comfort silent sufferers.
And end each journey with a new friend there.