A woman sits beside me
on the park bench, she
has snow white hair and
wrinkled pixie-face
and deep sea blue eyes
she is waiting for the
bus, she says
to take her elsewhere.
Elsewhere is where I want to go
as well
the park looks good today
in shadow and sunshine–
unlike the people, most of them out of shape
big bellies, sad drooping faces–
one asks me
“How are you doing?”
Engines of traffic gurgle
until the light changes,
cars and trucks start
to roar.

Image Credit:Dele Oke

Wayne F. Burke's poetry has been widely published in print and online (including in KISS MY POETRY). He is author of 8 published full-length poetry collections--most recently BLACK SUMMER, Spartan Press, 2021. A book of his short stories, TURMOIL & Other Stories, was published by Adelaide Press, 2020. More recently published, 10/22, is a nonfiction work, titled HENRY MILLER Spirit & Flesh, from Cyberwit. net. Wayne F. Burke lives in the central Vermont area, and has done so for the past 35 years.