Poem – Five boys, Two girls: Scene on an afternoon train

Five boys, Two girls: Scene on an afternoon train

Five boys,
Teenagers dressed in black tees.
“Student councillors” stamped
on their backs.

Holding their lunches of
fried carbs from the Golden Arches,
Talking about surviving
yet another year of math.

Two girls,
Standing further off, looking
like they aren’t looking.

The girls with their puppy-shy glances,
Made their way over, filling empty
seats near where the boys were. Smoothing
their skirts; preening their hair, perched
For attention. No more than a foot away.

The boys remained

~ Ivan Chew.
18 Jun 2010.