by Robert Bruce (July 2019)
Painting by Nigel Van Wieck
And as sullen faces set down for a bitter pilgrimage
A ghastly pall fell on a carriage plunged into funereal silence
And nurturing sleepy hatreds it hurtled hesitantly into a sunlit wilderness
With every mans hopes shrouded in bitter anticipations of five days labours
Storing up the resentments of a long weekend
And looking forward
To a sun drenched half life
Whilst pretty young faces kindled dormant youth
And snatched courtesies and rictus smiles from men grown desperate by plyboard seats
Whilst a witless tannoy spewed it’s careworn apologies
To a man who had dreamt of being an astronaut
Robert Bruce is a low ranking and over-credentialled functionary of the British welfare state.
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