The Commuter

by Kenneth Tindall

Duffel coat
- like mine -
Blinks with alternate lids
- like myself -
Girl with a beard

- like mine, but less -
Just got up to get the window seat
- so would I -
But if I went to her side
I would lose mine

I file my errors
Missing the train on purpose
Taking the next just to see you
And I was on the clock-in verge of your lips
Of asking your name.

--Kenneth Tindall

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The Commuter, 27 July 1996