The Living Dead

Have you seen a member of the Living Dead on your daily commute? I’m sure you have, you know. You can recognise them as the people who sit and stare into a void – I think they sometimes drool a bit too. They seem oblivious to everything going on around them, traspped in a world of monotous routine and have given up any attempts to escape. These people walk on automatic as they find their way to the station or bus stop, and they walk the same line every day. Put an obstacle in their path that they stop and get quite confused at the change and wander about in a zombie-like daze as they try to resolve the situation. Anyhow…they are the inspiration for this poem.

Geoff Munro

Geoff Munro expired on the Number 60 bus
sometime between 1997 and 2005,
nobody noticed he’d died.

Serving the sentence of the terminally dulled,
inoculated against colour, against life, against fun,
time dimmed the light in his eyes.

Allocated standard issue fatigue
for a job that he came to despise;
no innovation, no compromise.

Permanently gasping for untainted air,
relentlessly throttled by process,
watching the clock until home-time arrives.

Geoff Munro still rides that bus,
same time, same seat, same people,
unaware he’s no longer alive.

About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon)

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