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Bus Stop

Three walls of plexiglas enclosed a trashcan and a wooden bench.
As streetlights sharpened shadows grim, the shelter seemed to welcome me.
I heard rough snoring as he dozed and smelled his alcoholic stench.
I didn’t want to waken him while waiting for the Number Three.

Though sheltered from the autumn breeze I felt a quivering of fright.
Would I be safer in the cold? I tried to think what I should do.
He sat up with a cough and wheeze as I retreated to the light,
my shivering now uncontrolled. What if I left, would he pursue?

I dithered a few moments more—the bus stopped as its air brakes hissed.
It felt so bright and warm inside, although my heart still beat quite fast.
I’d never been so scared before; a fear I finally dismissed
as I continued on my ride. Relaxing, I felt safe at last.

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Date: 6/18/2017 3:08:00 AM
Ouch. What to say about this. That is probably the reaction many have without wanting to acknowledge. One question: do you normally refer to buses as Number One, Two, Three? If not, it seems a bit put there for the sake of meter and rhyme. If you do however, forget my remark :)
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Darren White
Date: 6/18/2017 3:39:00 PM
Ok, that's fun, differences in countries. We say 1, 2, 3, and then the destination
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J-Mag Guthrie
Date: 6/18/2017 2:25:00 PM
I tried to reply before but it didn't "take"--yes, we call buses by their route numbers either Route [number] or Number [number] or Bus [number] or even [number] if it's clear from context. We discussed capitalization in workshop based on that.