December 25, 2010
I get lost in the subway and
go north instead of south
for two stations, until
I realise my mistake at Nordbahnhof.
Tentative steps take me
up the stairs,
then down the stairs, where
the yellow tube light turns the edges of the platform green.
Three people pause their lives until
Train doors slide open.
a touch of the button
opens the embrace of the underground and
I step in to be carried away again
Peoples lives flow around me in German,
with no subtitles or voiceover.
The voice of the train is that of a woman, here as elsewhere
I hope I’m travelling south again –
it’s all going south anyhow
one may as well go with the flow