Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Rush Hour: Yonge/Bloor Station (April 5, 2016)

Like a silver serpent
It does arrive
At the subway platform
Screeching brakes
And hidden sparks.

Its passengers
Like a raided loot.

From other subway stations
Further down
Or up the line
From here.

Flooding the platforms
Likes a colony
Of disturbed ants
Moving in
All directions
At once.

As they scurry
To make their connection
With another subway
Going north south
East and west.

An electronic chime
Sounds off
Followed by

"Not to rush
To doors
Or hold them

With a swoosh
The Leviathan
Leaves the platform
Packed to the gills
With commuters.

Only thing missing
Are the Tokyo pushers
To cram every single cm
With more passagers
Into the rolling tin can.

Therisa © 2016

Author's note: The Yonge/Bloor subway station, is the busiest station of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) stations. So busy, during off-peak hours, I avoid it, as its large crowds, have triggered panic attacks, for me.

The above photo, is one of the new trains that Bombardier Transportation is suppose to supply, but is several months, behind, it delivery schedule.


  1. I love this, especially:
    "Flooding the platforms
    Likes a colony
    Of disturbed ants"

  2. I so recognize the feeling of those trains overfilled with commuters. Similar here in Stockholm...


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