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.


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