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Bus ride with my brain

Bus due at 8:13
Now is 8:12
One minute
Why is that person
Staring at me?
Now is 8:13
Where is the bus?
What do people do
While waiting?
Look at watch
Now what?
Look at phone
It says a different time
Adjust watch
Now is 8:15
No bus
If it arrives now
I will still be on time
Now is 8:20
I won’t have time
For my cup of tea
Now is 8:22
Bus!
Let everyone else go first
It’s polite
“Hello” to bus driver
A grunt in return
Was it something I said?
Find seat by window
Look at the world whizz by
“Is this seat free?”
What a lovely tree
“Is this seat free?”
“Oh, sorry, yes”
Their shoelace is undone
They haven’t noticed
Is it rude to say?
It’s hot
I’m trapped in this seat
I’m late
Their shoelace is undone
Those headphones are too loud
Their ears will hurt
I’m late
Their shoelace is undone
It’s hot
I’m trapped
It’s too loud
Their shoelace is undone

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I
Can’t
Cope
. . .
. . .
Stroke my jacket
Hum to myself
Imagine home
Stroke jacket
Scuff shoe on floor
Ignore
Ignore
Ignore
The stares
Ignore
The noise
Ignore
The heat
Two minutes
Ignore
Ignore
Ignore
Almost miss stop!
Sorry
Sorry
Sorry
Now is 8:47
Run to work
Ignore the stares
Now is 8:50
Only ten minutes early
Staffroom
Do my checks
Colleagues
Will be ignored
Until space is restored
In my brain.

By Jenna, issue 109

 

I, Magneto

I am a magnet
In a box of pins,
Stuck,
Surrounded by the bloody things.
You say you’re used to them
With your thick skin,
But here I am,
Trying to “just get stuck in,”
Dragging pins along with me,
Collecting,
Building,
The pins become heavy
Because none will let go,
And so, I get stuck
Where others just flow.

By J William Nessworthy, issue 109

 

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"I am a magnet
In a box of pins,
Stuck,
Surrounded by the bloody things."