A Poem by James O'Rourke

Second addition to the Human Gesture series


Somewhere inside him

His lungs are compressing,

Forcing out microscopic entities.

His brow furrows and he bends forward violently,

As if to return to the fetal position,

But deciding against it in almost the same moment.

A few people at the back of the bus

Tilt their heads,

Perhaps expecting something disastrous,

Or maybe miraculous.

The ones in his tight circle of space

Shuffle uncomfortably

And look around nervously,

Fearing that this may not have been

The best seat.

© 2015 James O'Rourke

Author's Note

James O'Rourke
Another little observation. Enjoy!

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I love this everyday-occurrence scenario - described in an appropriately dramatic fashion! Especially the last stanza is really well written with an charmingly anti-climatic last line conclusion! I like your style, thanks for sharing :)

Posted 8 Years Ago

James O'Rourke

8 Years Ago

Thank you for your kind words. I'll probably be adding more to this little gesture series in a few d.. read more
You chose a topic people usually by pass or avoid...
Well expressed

Posted 8 Years Ago

James O'Rourke

8 Years Ago

Thanks for reading this piece.

I ride the bus almost every day and there is never a s.. read more
The cough. Can cause reaction and fear. No-one want to know sickness. I like the you described place and reaction. Very nice ending to the excellent poetry.

Posted 8 Years Ago

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Added on February 28, 2015
Last Updated on February 28, 2015
Tags: Cough, Bus, Human Gesture


James O'Rourke
James O'Rourke

Portland, OR

What's up y'all, Been a hot minute since I've been on here (somewhere around three years.) Anyway, I've been thinking of knocking the cobwebs out of my brain and jump back into writing again. .. more..


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