Donald Justice – spin off
The speaker in Justice’s poem ‘Bus Stop’ comments on the brevity and mortality of life by using the image of a bus stop as a place where no one person stays for a long period of time. As a metaphor, this works well. The speaker describes people who ‘stand in the rain’ with ‘umbrellas out’ and ‘black flowers’. The imagery has dark undertones, which ultimately suggests that we all die and that life is but a bus stop that we all are waiting at. The penultimate verse ‘And lives go on. And lives go on/ Like sudden lights/ At street corners’ suggests the moment of death. Perhaps I am reading too much into the morbidity of the poem. Let’s see how mine goes!
Flashing letters spell destinations
On a large black screen
Where voices fill this empty space
And fade to nothing.
Silent faces can’t express my
Anticipation at the thought of
Flying through the sky with these
Other faces waiting for the end.
The announcement seeps through
The intercom and hushes the humming voices.
I look up and the fluorescent light blinds.