Why_am_I-so_out of breath_when I
“Let’s go to McDonalds and get milkshakes!” [two children in unison]
“I’m at the office [man sat down eating sandwich at station]
Con-crete_steps are durable but the corners_are
Vunerable_to chip_ping and break_age.
Stop to look at map
[Please do not leave your luggage unattended]
In times of uncertainty, it is easy to beat yourself up/
Shoulder [bumps] mine in sharp/ jolt/ jagged/ bag/ pins/ knee/ to wall.
He and I in unison turn our heads towards hands of clock,
Squinting through glasses to see how much time we have lost-
I expect the suit is late for work but now on platform for train
Has stopped running but checks watch in regular intervals to see
if time is running accordingly.
Telegraph dot com forward slash living:
Inappropiate reasons to be late
[an ideal time-wasting activity].
1. While rowing across the river to work, he got lost in the fog.
2. Someone stole all his daffodils.
3. He had to go audition for ‘Britains Got Talent.
4. His ex-wife stole his car so he couldn’t drive to work.
5. His route to work was shut down by a VIP motorcade.
6. He has transient amnesia and couldn’t remember his job.
7. He was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
8. The line was too long at Starbucks.
9. He was trying to get his knife back from the police.
10. He didn’t have money for petrol because all of the pawn shops were closed.
[man takes call on mobile] [man takes call on mobile] [man takes call on mobile]
Stop: “Hello? Oh hello Sally- no the files are with me- well I’m not at the office
So it will have to wait…awful….traffic….train’s delayed…why not? Mark needs to/
Yes/ the meeting? I can’t believe that [laughs] the figures are on my computer”
“Philip will have to come in tomorrow to finish the sketches/ thank you
NO I CAN’T
Grinding, gurning, churning swoosh swoosh sound of man in yellow bib
sw-sw-sweeping li-ttle tit bits butts li-tter fro–m chew-ing gum stuck
plat fo—rm plat fo—rm plat fo—rm edge.
” Why is the train ALWAYS delayed?”
“Susan it’s lovely to see you”
“Go get yourself a…”
PAY-PER PAY-PER PAY-PER paper paper paper paper
Please stand back from platform edge
Shuffle for-ward shuffle scuffle for-ward suffle scuffle push me to-ward
Edge get positioned get ready for-ward stick elbows out
And fingers itching to hit button hit door light to go
Light to go
Ram through me as if a ghost with your pram and shopping
I don’t care I’ll have a seat.
Begin to edge forward into oncoming traffic
Old ladies never like quick moving people
But we [the suit has joined me in this quest]
Will have a seat.
I have a seat.
So does he.
Doors close [PING]
Some announcement that you can’t really hear
In one long sentence and nothing can be less clear
until finally the voice says something like
SORRY FOR THE DELAY TO THIS SERVICE
And attempts to console you with some irrelevant piece
Of information like LEAVES or DEAD PERSON
whilst you wish for voice to
SHUT UP and drive this thing.
We begin to move and immediately
CRYING WINGING NOISES NEXT to me,
Children, children, chill-dren, chill-dren.
I plugged in my Ipod,
Now all I know is moving lips
And avoidant eyes gazing.