Day 20: Tram

From trains to trams…..


I worked New Years till late

that feeling of restaurant warmth

with the chilly outside, the safety of a tram line

The taste of waiting 15 minutes having just missed one

seen its backlight flash the name of some obscure stop

on our way to where we wanted


Waiting for a tram having just missed one

tastes like the feeling you get when you’ve burnt

your last piece of toast to a- to you-

inedible black, you know people

who use a knife to scrape it off

and some who just like the way it tastes burnt

But you are not one of these people


You are also not one of the people

waiting for the tram with you

The three girls who are thinking about buying a ticket in their thin tights

and big hair. And the men in black raincoats that seem to merge

into grey somehow when you look at them

Their talk sounds grey as well.


There are people with bottles under their coats

beer swigging and laughing

The carriage sways like it is propelled by their giggles

There’s a crackling in the air, a trio have a plastic cups

And pour wine, merry as musketeers.


The metro guards get on

Their yellow jackets flash

They are working New Years.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

Posted in NAPOWRIMO Becca, Poetry Scrawls

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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