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Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

The Poetry Bus


              1It's like a bus: "we're all full up",
              2"try again next spring". Nobody steps off.
              3It's the perennial bandwagon,
              4tickets marked acceptance. Someone falls off
              5of their own death, room for another. They line up
              6credit lists in hand, their eyes flowering
              7smart metaphors.

              8Nobody wants to take tickets any more, but
              9to move to the back of the bus where the singing
            10and drinking goes on, waving from the windows,
            11on a bus going, going.

            12It's an old bus, lots of flags
            13and we read of the happy accidents;
            14it never gets to the last depot. It goes around
            15the same town again and again.

            16They're always advertising the grand tour.
            17and they don't see a damned thing. They're
            18always running to catch it, and everything whisks
            19by them waiting for someone to walk by,

            20to discover the world like an out of
            21the way place, that never gets back
            22to us by word of mouth, since it's
            23always the last place we left behind.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 1978
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, A Burning Patience (Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1978): 44.
First publication date: 1978
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming


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