Poetry: Madman at the Bus Stop

Madman at the Bus Stop

By Joni Scanlon

A tall, sprightly man perhaps thirty or less,
awaits his late-coming bus flaunting dirty beret,
and fuchsia pants with matched sunglasses.

My lips crack a smile, watching him dance.
Skip work and play, my wayward self whispers,
transfixed in that moment by pure joyfulness.

The mood is quite broken by a stoutly turned woman,
Bustling into the bank, she sourly mutters,
He’s mad, he’s crazy, quite clearly he’s nuts.

Frowning, I steal a last backward glance.

By whose prescribed standards do we judge such a man?

And when did it happen, we forgot how to dance?

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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

indeed when did we forget how to dance? A wonderful piece that highlights beautifully how quick to frown some people are, really enjoyed this!


Joni Scanlon 5 years ago

Thanks Nighthag. I'm making it my resolution to be as silly as possible (in the appropriate moments, of course)! Thanks for commenting, and I wish you a wonderful new year. Here in the NE we are shoveling out from a blizzard today. Snowball fight!


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kirutaye 5 years ago from London, UK

I'd like to know too. People have forgotten what it is to be carefree and just happy.

I enjoyed this hub a lot. Thank you for sharing.


jonihnj 5 years ago

Thanks kirutaye - it's nice to get feedback when you're putting yourself out there. I appreciate the comments and hope that you and all Hubsters will spend 2011 in a more carefree mode!


Jill 5 years ago

I love your work, it is so clever and whitty. Keep on writing, because you are amazing:)


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jonihnj 5 years ago from Metro New York Author

Thanks Jill - it means a lot to get feedback from people, and to know that at least one person read your poem and felt something. I appreciate it.


Lizely 18 months ago

I have a little guy that alayws wants his nails painted too! Last week he told me he wanted blue because pink was for girls. LOL.[WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us '0 which is not a hashcash value.

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