Short, bald, patient man answers his phone
and something about a parcel that hasn’t arrived,
and his brother gets on the line.
The man on the phone keeps using his name.
‘How are you, George?’
‘How’s Mildura, George?’
‘Take good care now.
Are you taking care,
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Across the aisle is a man in a light grey suit
too short at the cuffs
too high at the ankles,
showing smooth black wrists
brown beige camel argyle socks
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Blackberry, Android, iPhone, iPhone, iPhone
Kindle, iPad, Time magazine.
A man stands for a woman close to tears
grey hair scraped back,
she clutches her carkeys, digs inside her embroidered bag,
dials, loses the signal and dials and dials again.
Every time he answers,
the phone cuts out.
‘Thank God, someone gave me a seat,’
she says finally
into the phone.
‘But I’ll be all right.’
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Three boys, skateboards
two gorgeous, one funny.
Has Celeste got a boyfriend
yep but he’s young, year nine or ten
eleven next year
I saw him at the station at midnight.
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The ugly one picks up his phone.
‘I’m adding him back into the conversation.’