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Bus Ride

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Below is the poem entitled Bus Ride which was written by poet Heather Ober. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Bus Ride

I glance at my watch,
Shake my head at the hands,
And count silver cars
While I patiently stand.
Three minutes, Five minutes,
Ten minutes late.
Time ticks away,
And still I must wait.

Traffic flows by
Like an ocean of steel,
Pausing at times -
Liquid automobiles.
I laugh to myself:
Who would have presumed?
Forced to inhale the fumes!

It comes into view:
The great whale of this sea.
It sprays its exhaust -
Remorseless, it seems. 
An eager step forth -
But its presence misleads.
My sigh is a cloud.
"Out of service," it reads.

Minutes tick by,
Till its cousin arrives
And opens its doors
To admit our grim line.
We pack ourselves in,
Like sardines in a can.
No free seat in sight -
So we awkwardly stand.

By the time I can see
My stop up ahead,
I'm an hour behind
And my feet feel like lead.
I push my way off,
As if freed from a jail.
Now I know Ahab's pain -
To be wronged by a whale.

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  1. Date: 10/13/2013 1:37:00 AM
    heather... CONGRATULATIONS:) on having your poem featured on the soups HOME PAGE. goodnight. <3 =LINDA=

  1. Date: 10/12/2013 9:03:00 AM
    fun read!

  1. Date: 10/8/2013 11:14:00 AM
    Brings back those big-city days, waiting for a trolley - the counting white walls. Good stuff. Congrats on the selection. daver

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 2:31:00 PM
    oh, dang, my soupmail has been emptied!!! What?? ?And I can't access it either. ARE you able to ? I was just gonna tell you the judge of that contest poem you mentioned today did not like my poem much because I did not make the list and I don't understand her reasoning (II did not have any errors in it) but thanks for visiting it. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/19/2013 2:27:00 PM
    haha, just remembering this one from last time I saw it. ummm, soupmail.

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 9:19:00 AM
    haha, this could be called Riding the Whale or something!! Can't believe I found this oldie of yours that was new to me. It's cute and would work well in a contest about pet peeves!

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 3:48:00 PM
    love this Heather just trawling in your oldies,, also can relate to the poem.. and it's visual aspects..

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 7:31:00 AM
    Ha...entertaining write...there's not a bus within 80 miles of that ending, Heather!

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 12:56:00 PM
    This is very good. I feel your pain, I am not a very happy or patient waiter when it comes to buses planes or ferries.

  1. Date: 10/6/2012 10:18:00 PM
    Thanks for sharing my friend... really enjoyed reading it! Hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 3/22/2012 4:22:00 PM
    This has a very nice flow to it. I really enjoyed the humor here. Great piece of writing indeed.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Melanie!
  1. Date: 3/7/2012 1:25:00 AM
    Good poem with nice flow.All can relate to it.Enjoyed the read.

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Kash!
  1. Date: 1/28/2012 3:26:00 PM
    By you a car Heather,the bus are always to late.Like yours poem. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A car would be nice ;)
  1. Date: 1/23/2012 10:45:00 AM
    Love this! :)

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober
    Date: 5/5/2012 6:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks :)