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You Have Reached Your Destination

Updated on March 15, 2011

A cold blustery morning
Clouds heavy with rain
Moody sky
A station
In a village

Lingering, longing for the train
The open platform
The desolate train tracks
A group of people wait
Reading, listening, contemplating
Waiting for the train
A tannoy sounds in the distance
Heads turn tentatively
The train is lingering,
No explanation
An expectation, an inconvenience
A journey interrupted
Before it has begun

The train approaches
The image of freedom on the horizon
The lingering is almost the beginning

The doors open,
The image inside of people heaped together
Unable to move, caught in the rush
People push to find their position
Ensure their own place before that of others

You stand, pressed against the shoulder of a stranger
You made it but,
At what cost for this wretched nightmare
A daily routine, of which there is no escape

Music can be heard through headphones,
The silent noise of a page flicking on a best seller
Caught amidst idle gossip
There is no escape
You look around at the accumulation of people
Young, old all have a path
They wish to take
But have yet to fulfill
Their destination.

Broiling temperatures,
Suffocating, almost airless
In a scramble
To be somewhere faster

You have reached your destination
A sea of people
Each heading toward their own destiny

A habitual destination
Amidst a crowd of strangers
Is this your final destination
I hope not


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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..this evocative piece of writing actually moved me - because I felt the motion by the way you built the tension and described the activity within - and I loved the rhetorical title of this piece and how you left your reader standing perhaps not at the destination they had in mind but with a climax exploring many open ended posssibilities .....loved this one - would like to see more of your creative writing ......

      lake erie time 2:49pm

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      Excellent write, very enjoyable reading.

      God Bless

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Well written about something we can all relate to. Your writing really left me thinking. Thanks for sharing your talent and your thoughts.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this explained it so well! I have had so many of these days in just exactly the same position, I am so glad I don't work in another town now, I used to hate it! cheers nell

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      Leanne1783 6 years ago from Bradford, United Kingdom

      Thank you, and thank you for spending time reading my hubs and commenting. I will be sure to be spend time reading and enjoying your hubs.

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Very good!