On Crossing the City
Sometimes you want to get out of your life
as if off a draughty and noisy bus
and wander along the pavement for miles
round corners, expecting a revelation.
People in books get off on occasion
to escape a track of modest despair,
but you cannot remember where they end up,
presumably just on another bus.
Sometimes you wonder if you caught the right bus
or at the right time, or the right way round,
and if this hectic clockwork of movements
is determined by destiny or by dice.
Christina Egan © 2011
For a German poem about the quest for meaning and happiness amidst the apparent confusion of a big, busy, city, see my previous post Zugewogen.
Photograph: London bus. Christina Egan © 2016