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Fab Fifty Six

by hailfabio 

Posted: 26 January 2009
Word Count: 148

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Im on this orange oblong
riding four wheels. Ready
to muscle along through
the clinging city traffic. Placing wheelchair
facing rearwards with back
against the bulk-head, brakes applied.
I face onto iPods in ears and
mobiles in hands and ice from eyes
and mouths - everybody googling or facebook locked.

The outside seems warmer
than inside this shell, until, in their own seclusion
a young couple shyly express their love for
each other. A busker of little English
bundles on with collapsible stool and
hand accordion in tow, he eagerly
organises his coins in preparation for a busy night.
He asks the time of his distant neighbour, who pops
out an ear-piece to give a quick glance of his watch
with no words to offer back.

As all aboard prepare to
jump ship, the busker asks if this is the city -
Yes, it certainly is I say.

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tinyclanger at 21:59 on 27 January 2009  Report this post
Hi Stephen,
I enjoyed...i might suggest a bit of pruning here and there to give a more choppy/transient feel - like the journey...I'll think on some more, and get back to you.

Know this bus pretty well - see you on there sometime!!?

To all non-Newcastleites - we have the best bus names ever There actually IS a service called the ''Fab 56'' - there's a ''Fab 57'' also. Do other places name routes like this?


hailfabio at 13:58 on 28 January 2009  Report this post

Yes I'm a regular on the 56 and 57 as I work in Gateshead and often head into Newcastle. Might see you on there.

Glad you enjoyed.


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