For I Will Consider My Bus Driver

In an old creative writing class, we wrote poems modelled on a section of the poem ‘Jubilate Agno’ by Christopher Smart, known as ‘For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry’. I chose, during this time, to consider my bus driver.

Since I wrote this poem, my home has changed and the bus drivers have changed, but most of this still applies…

My Bus Driver

For I will consider my bus driver
For he sees me running almost every morning to catch the bus
For who changes everyday but always drives too slow
For he is sometimes grumpy and sometimes happy
For he scrutinises my bus pass one day and ignores it the next
For he drives me to school from home, and back again
For he asks people to move to the back of the bus when it gets too crowded
(For it always gets too crowded)
For he honks suddenly and scares the living daylights out of car drivers
For he doesn’t stop long enough and old ladies yell at him
For he is almost always late and almost always makes me late
For he is why I usually just walk.

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Note: currently revising for exams. Be back soon!

Thanks for reading, and until next time!

Photo by Josh Wilburne, licensed under Creative Commons Zero

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8 Comments on “For I Will Consider My Bus Driver

  1. Oh, I love this. You’ve nicely distilled all the conversations I’ve had with my son and his friends about bus drivers when they used to catch the bus to school. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you! I’ve been taking the bus to school for as long as I can remember, so there are plenty of firsthand experiences to draw from. πŸ˜€

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      • I just loved the way you captured all the things the kids I know talked about. My son walked to primary school, then caught a dedicated school bus for a couple of years, and public buses only in his last three years. Now he drives everywhere and looks at me like I’m crazy if I suggest he catch a bus! πŸ™‚

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        • Thank you. πŸ™‚ Your son has the right idea, I need to learn how to drive before I’m late to work one too many times! πŸ˜›

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          • It’s a good skill to have. Here in Auckland, driving often takes longer than catching the bus, but my son still prefers it because he is independent.

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            • Haha, I’d say it’s the opposite here! Waiting for the bus everyday (especially for ones that never even show up) makes me so envious of car drivers!

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