A little old man stands at the bus stop
wet eyed and stretching his lips very wide,
moving his feet in a sandpaper shuffle
hoping to eke out a smile from the queue but
all eyes are elsewhere and no words will swap
here in the shelter with no rain outside.
He stands there, an orphan in too big a duffle
watching the queue leave, the doors slipping shut.

Karen Doherty

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