We are the people

April 23 – Poetry Month

 “I have never taken a bus in my life—they’re gross.”  Ivanka Trump

We Are the People

On the Bus

The vast majority of us

Stand next to others we don’t know

Strange faces . . . colors, smells, beliefs

The other people

Crowded on a pre-dawn morning

On our way to work

Then home again—and maybe later

Two days off

Or not.

We’ve known dismal, late night rides . . . almost alone

Or waiting for the next one coming by

We do this without second thought

Simple necessity of life and

Lack of money, chauffeurs, maids

We are the maids, the chauffeurs

Collars blue and white

Making world go round

Clean up the mess—pay taxes

Fight the wars

For those

Who’ve never stood beside us.

Published: Poetry Pacific 2020

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, and and one cat . He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to We are the people

  1. Sue Pace says:

    Well stated! (and Happy Birthday – keep ’em coming)

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