lotus eaters

everyone on the street was
somewhere else
listening to music
words from another time
another place
physically here
but mentally in a concert hall
whatever that means

dreaming of the getaway
the trip the big move the vacation to
Hawaii or Fiji or Free Port or
Disneyland: a fantasy
about a fantasy

everyone except
her on the bench
sitting looking around her
at the dreamers
living in the new house
the new car the new job
the new apartment new condo
that is going to change everything
the new tomorrow
and if that doesn’t work
the new yesterday
painted without pain

is the only happy home
homelessness?
is the woman on the bench
less than the person on the ipod?

she sits eyes full
not waiting
not dreaming
listening
to the approaching train
watching with fascination
all the dreamers standing on the track
listening to everything
hearing nothing

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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