Irish Papist

Irish Papist
Me and General Robert Lee

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Old Man and the Bus Stop

When I was a schoolboy
Me and my brother
Would wait together for the bus to school each morning.

Now and again
an old man in a cloth cap and an overcoat
Would walk by the bus stop, and pause.

Then, with great formality,
He would shake the hand of everybody waiting there
As though he was a visiting head of state.

He was harmless, but he was cracked.
He didn't understand why people don't do things like that.

Why don't people do things like that?

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