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Published: 3rd April 2021

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This poem was placed 6th in William Kekaula's "Your 2021 N-A Choice" Poetry Contest.

For a couple of years in the early '80s I was a junior clerk at a national UK bank. I made some friends for life but absolutely hated the work. Every night I would have to run for my bus home because if I missed it there would be a very long wait for the next one. For some reason, forty years later, those times have taken on an air of romanticism all of their own.


 

I’d leave my workplace just before The hands crept round to five once more To race the clock and buy the time I needed then to queue in line To catch my breath in freezing rain And board the bus back home again. Then as those doors hissed shut behind I’d feel a weight lift from my mind And walk the aisle to find a seat Just as the lights lit up the street And by the time that I'd sat down The last bus home was leaving town. The years play tricks on all of us So when I think back to that bus And smile describing as to how I caught it then but miss it now I'm sure it's down to time's weird ways I hated work yet loved those days!

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Date: 12/15/2021 9:42:00 AM
To me, Gary, the bus in your delightful poem is a metaphor for our journey - a journey of days that become a life well traveled. Your remarkable ability to rhyme so seamlessly is another kudo to your fine pen. Best wishes, Brian
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/16/2021 4:34:00 AM
Brian thanks so much for your kind words and continued support. I'm really fond of this poem because it brings back so many memories. Cheers - Gary
Date: 9/28/2021 12:40:00 AM
Ah Gary,I too once relied on buses,& now once again,now I have stopped driving
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Gary Radice
Date: 9/28/2021 1:02:00 AM
Believe me Brian, if I could I would use buses (and trains) all the time. I'm jealous of those who live in the Old Smoke. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/28/2021 5:58:00 AM
Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/28/2021 6:05:00 AM
Thank you Christuraj :)
Date: 4/27/2021 11:18:00 PM
Enjoyed your romp through time, Gary, I thought we'd share the same bus, alas, my route dropped me off in the USA, my gratitude for your participation, and my compliments for your win, Aloha!
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/28/2021 2:06:00 AM
Thank you William and my gratitude to you for sponsoring your contest that has given some excellent poems a second wind. Very much appreciated! :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/20/2021 1:17:00 AM
It is funny what we fondly remember as we age. I enjoyed this nostalgic poem Gary. I can remember some things in my youth like it was yesterday. Blessings
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/20/2021 4:30:00 AM
Thanks Connie. I appreciate your valued comments. For some unknown reason I can remember clearly over 40 years ago..ask me what I did last week though... :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/5/2021 1:14:00 PM
Absolutely love this Gary Be careful what you wish for As what once we thought was a chore Becomes later a memorable joy
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 4/5/2021 3:20:00 PM
Exactly Gary as your poem and your comment pointed out ever so brilliantly. So to do i miss the things i thought i once hated Cheers
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/5/2021 1:42:00 PM
Spot on Christopher...and if only I knew then what I know now work may have been so different back then. Life eh? :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/3/2021 12:11:00 PM
Well penned, Gary ~ so true that hindsight adds a warm nostalgic glow to many things that didn't seem important at the time.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/3/2021 12:20:00 PM
Line, yes, you are so right. Looking back now at those times I realize I had my whole life in front of me at 18..something I didn't appreciate back then. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/3/2021 8:36:00 AM
This is a fine poem with a story, well-told in flow and rhyme. I enjoyed it immensely, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/3/2021 8:42:00 AM
Thank you Milton. I think at the same time you were writing your comments, I was fine tuning the poem (just a little) so I hope your lovely comments still stand. :) ..Cheers - Gary