The plumber is listening to Coldplay

and I am back on the school bus
throwing oranges with future graphic designers,
electricians, teachers, plumbers, doctors,
engineers, and bleak local newspaper headlines.
Moby’s just come on. He wants to know why
his heart feels so bad as AA batteries are
being lobbed from the back of the bus
against the necks of the people at the front.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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