I left my phone at home today. Oh, the delicious freedom!
To look around, to ponder the faces,
most strangers, but some familiar,
my Metrorail companions.
Col. Beggs…Your lips move to some earbud voice,
but no words are uttered.
Are you singing? Or maybe practicing a language?
Mom, your five-year old is reading the newspaper. How rare these days!
What will he grow up to be?
Mr. Sad Sack Bureaucrat…eyes down, a frown on your face,
stomach lapping over your belt. What makes you so miserable?
Just the mere thought of going to work?
And you, Mr. Starbucks man…don’t spill that Venti Chai no-whip Latte.
Rules aren’t just for other people, comprendi?
On the right, my eyes are drawn to the airport,
glistening under a bright sunrise sky.
I want to go! Anywhere! As long as I get to fly!
Suit and tie businessmen jump out of black SUVs,
late again, running for the gate.
Where are you going in such a hurry?
Two cars back, lovers embrace,
longing for one last kiss before letting go.
When will you be back together?
We roll underground. My focus comes back inside.
The train car is quiet, save for a few muffled voices.
Heads are down, deep into devices.
And I wonder…
Rejoice people! Get up and get out! Smile and laugh!
Because whether going to work or play,
Every day is full of wonder!