Individual Pride

I prop today’s Evening Standard behind the priority seat’s folding desk.
     en-route to sleep alongside my love.
The paper naturally dog-eared from today’s avid reading.
I’ve positioned it so that yesterday’s mini genocide can draw another pair of hands to take on its tear saturated text.

Bhs black trousers, polkadot blouse,  with her hair… frisson.
I catch my new travelling companion’s eyes scanning the papers bold typeface.
I think she’s re-read today’s title, she leant over
nearly embracing the nape of the next row.
She reclines.
Her bag’s yawning mouth hung politely upon her knees,
a book lifted from her bag;
5lbs in 5 days.

*****

Evening Standard – An English newspaper often handed out for free on public transport.

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