For my dear friend, Fatima, who’s company I’ve cherished ever since our first bus ride home together. Happy Birthday and here’s to many more bus rides home. 🙂
Home has seemed closer,
Every journey I’ve taken with you.
I’ve realised that people,
such as you,
Have this incredible ability
To make time pass without any warning,
To make buildings outside
Sweep pass these bus windows
And get so easily ignored.
You have made “alone” disappear
So very many times,
And made the agonizing whir
Of the engine fade
Into bearable background noise.
For you are the best conversation,
A most pleasurable passage of time,
That lonely people like me
Are always grateful for.