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Commuting Agony

Updated on June 11, 2012

We shuffle along the crowded platform

The reverberated voice bounces around the station ‘today’s trains are late’, again

Yesterday we heard the same voice repeat the same words, again

Tired faces look straight ahead, blank expressions, I wonder what goes on in their heads

The meetings to chair, notes to take, difficult colleagues to see

Work stacked to the ceiling or an email inbox up that’s reached its limit

What interruptions, what impediments, what else can add to my stress today?

The train arrives. Can’t find a seat

We stand packed like sardines in an overheated train carriage

The train begins its journey then grinds to a halt, no rhyme no reason

Rush to the mobile phone, hushed voices to work colleagues we’ll be late, again

Bodies slouch, faces buried in newspapers, fingers tap keyboards, Nintendo’s, mobile phones

No one speaks, eyes avert eyes, some eyes close to get more sleep

Inside the train is silence, familiar strangers sit side by side or opposite each other

How do we alleviate another frustrating journey, again

I listen to my BBC commercial free radio as it plays Elgar, Sibelius, and other musical classics

I hear the comforting tones of the BBC radio announcer introduce my private classical concert

No screaming DJs, or intrusive commercials to disrupt my private concert

The train starts abruptly, trundles along like a pregnant duck that waddles in front its brood

The train slowly judders and stops. No reason given

I suffer another delay like every day on my journey to work, again.


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    • pythian2 profile image

      pythian2 5 years ago from UK

      Thanks for taking the time out to comment, appreciated.

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      Deep Biswas 5 years ago from India

      Good write. Reveals the writer's observational qualities, both external and internal.