Stephen Robertson

Slanting Lines


‘Commuter—one who spends his life

In riding to and from his wife;

A man who shaves and takes a train,

And then rides back to shave again.’

                                          —E.B.  White

shave again

oh lord

take train

rough grain

sharp blade

shave again

shine or rain

wind or cloud

take train

whether vain

same old

shave again

it’s insane

i’m bored

take train

what a pain

and absurd

slave again

pull chain

be bold

brake train

it’s plain

grow beard

brave again

forsake train