The other day I ended up in a crowded city bus,
Huddled with you between an elephantine lady and a pinguid man.
We were so close together that I could catch a whiff of coffee in your breath,
And smell your coconut shampoo.
Your sleepy eyes watched the moving
Pictures in the window frame,
Shops and people in an endless row,
And now and then, a homeless dog.
My hopes were certainly absurd:
That the bus would abruptly halt
And your denim hips
Would bump into me
Or better yet, that the bus would crash into a Coca-Cola truck
And you would tumble over me
Breaking my spine, my neck, my heart.
Alas, all that happened was the next bus stop
Where you elbowed your way out
(My ribs still ache)
And descended without looking back
Vanishing into a ghostly crowd…
So close together and yet so far apart!