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This poem is taken from PN Review 181, Volume 34 Number 5, May - June 2008.

The Boy on the Bus Neil Powell

for Martin Amis

I am the boy on the bus. Soft milky light
Is gently bathing frantic city streets;
Somewhere a cheerful urban bird is singing.
It's good up here. Things may turn out all right.

I am the boy on the bus. And yet elsewhere,
My friends are now unsafely underground -

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