Lay for the Day 25th
feast of St Christopher, patron saint of travellers.
the book of Praises:
Of a Conductor
A small man with the eyebrows
of a large one,
tufted with white, with white in the small beard too;
an Indian whom Providence
a job on top of his job of conducting,
of being the last of the cheerful Cockney
busmen, a-swagger and bantering loudly.
Dark and shy, scholastic physiognomy
from which each Hold on tight! Move right down inside!
and Yes please thankyou fares please! is delivered
with a mantric gravity of levity
as though your ticket rattled
off with a quip
were a tiny attainment of good karma
and one more run up and down the 19 route
shall free him from the chain of death and rebirth.
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