The Bus Ride Home
by Ozymandias
(535 views) - 9/28/05
(recorded 9/28/05 @ 8:12:13 AM)
The bus rolled up
After class,
After discussion of Socrates,
The bus rolled up
At last.

A man inside,
A black man inside
Ranted obnoxiously,
Sometimes furiously.

Another crazy,
Another drug addict,
Another annoyance
For my way home.

“Sorry to yak your ear off,”
He said,
“But I gotta talk,
And if their ain't no one listening
I'm lost.”

The woman to whom he was speaking,
In fact,
Wasn't listening.
She was dismissing
The ebonics,
The uneducated.
She was assuming.

I listened,
Annoyed,
Guilty as her,
Trying to think
With better diction
About the higher level contradictions.

But the bus rattled,
And jerked,
Sometimes shaking me
From this work.

A man inside,
A white man inside,
Thought obnoxiously,
Sometimes furiously.

Another elitest,
Another academic,
Another obstacle
For my way home.

“Sorry to yak you ear off,
But I gotta talk,
And if their ain't no one listening
I'm lost.”

A phrase caught my ear,
Hear and there,
A phrase would catch ear.

“We gotta read more;
We gotta learn more;
There ain't no point to life
If we ain't always learnin' more.”

'Pseudo Intellectual,'
I thought,
'Doesn't know what he's saying,
Just wants to hear himself talk.'

No vocabulary,
No education,
No ways to make himself
Sound smart.

The bus stopped,
Time to get off,
The woman went with me
Glad to be leaving.

As she steeped out the door,
The man yelled after her,
The black man yelled after her.

“Sorry to yak your ear off,”
He said,
“But I gotta talk,
And if there ain't no one listening
I'm lost.”

I told the story later,
With different thoughts
Of my bus ride encounter.

Philosopher,
Poet,
Thinker.

“Sorry to yak your ear off,”
I said,
“But I gotta talk,
And if there ain't no one listening
I'm lost.”
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