Poets Walk: "each of them whisper"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 43
Boarding a Bus by Steve Huff
In a small-knit Iowa town I watched
a couple board the bus and take the seat
behind me. They’d waited till then to count
their cash. I could hear each of them whisper
fives and ones like evening prayers, and repeat
then declare they couldn’t afford to go. “But,” she added,
“we haven’t had a vacation in—” “That’s
very true,” he said. And they sighed into the rolling scene:
the sunset on a sea of corn,
a lonely red gas station, an old man changing a flat.
I don’t want to scare anyone, but
this is your life too. Tell me how it’s any different.
Steven Huff, "Boarding a Bus" from More Daring Escapes (Red Hen Press, 2008). Copyright © 2008 by Steven Huff. Used by permission of the author.