Poetry Thursday: The bu-u-u-u-us

bloggy_lego-bus_bill-ward_2858932924_c96439c3b7_bI sat on a bus
behind a beautiful man
and his beautiful woman
on a balmy night
more beautiful even
than all of us together
(And this was a beautiful man.)

I sat
with my head
and my heart
and my belly
filled
with the various wonders
of the day,
random and planned,
buttered and plain,
lovely and odd.

And I sat
in my seat
(with my book
in my lap
for camouflage)
beside one young man
speaking French
to another

And I sat
across the aisle
from a girl who sang
like a bird

And I sat
a few rows up
from a baby who cried
like a baby

And we all sat like that,
me
and my book
and these people
and their music
for a good twenty blocks

A very good twenty blocks

And I thought that my heart
and my head
and my belly
were as full
as could be
with love
and joy
and music

Until I got off of the bus
and I thought
about how
I would share it
with you.

xxx
c

Image by Bill Ward’s Brickpile via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

11 comments

  1. You. Are. Amazing. I seriously long for Thursdays so I can read more of your poems! Have you thought of writing a poetry book? You should! This is my favorite part of this one:

    I sat
    with my head
    and my heart
    and my belly
    filled
    with the various wonders
    of the day,
    random and planned,
    buttered and plain,
    lovely and odd.

    LOVE it!

  2. My fave is:
    And I sat
    across the aisle
    from a girl who sang
    like a bird

    And I sat
    a few rows up
    from a baby who cried
    like a baby

    and YES, I’d not only buy that book; I’d stalk you for an inscription and give them as gifts. Colleen: you have a way of offering entertaining, useful and supportive work that keeps giving. Keep rocking the truth.

  3. Not to add to the pressure or nuthin… but I, too, look forward to these Thursday poems, and I, too, hope you’ll gather them all into a book that I can then happily buy. Very happily.

  4. Beautiful, Colleen. I’m feeling a little more full of love and joy and music now, and I really needed that this morning. (:

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    The support for Poetry Thursday has been overwhelming and touching and surprising in the best way.

    And okay, okay—I’ll think about a book. Even though a part of me still thinks all of you are either nuts or I’m going to get a group pantsing.

  6. one of the things overcoming
    the resistor did
    was cause me to tell you this:

    on sunday, my son, who is
    an artist,
    had an open house at his
    studio along with several
    other artists in the building
    they all share

    he had always told me
    about his friend, nathan,
    who he went to art school with.

    nathan always wanted to be
    a bus driver ever since
    he was a little boy.
    nathan is also a budding
    filmmaker.

    well, i finally met nathan in
    my son’s studio

    i went to my son’s computer
    and found your poem on the
    bu-u-u-u-us
    and i read it to him

    he liked it
    a lot
    and so did his
    girlfriend who is a dancer

    look how your words are
    rippling out into society

    keep up the great work
    colleen

    you know
    i’m a fan

    debbe

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