public transport lessons

Our cultural expectation is to leave when we’re ready,
and then to arrive promptly where we want to be—
right where we want to be.

What are the lessons available to us
in needing to check a bus/train/streetcar/boat schedule
to inform as as to departure times,
in waiting to leave when that schedule
says we can,
in having to figure out connections,
and to arrive and yet have further to go—
still have to walk from the last stop
to our final destination.

We are so very unused to being dependent
on other schedules.
We are so buffered from inconvenience.

It is good to be reminded,
whether obvious or not,
that our schedules fit into larger wholes,
and that our convenience
is just that
and no more.

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