Poets Walk: each of them whisper

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.