Bits & Pieces of Conversation in an Uptown Train

by Anthony Mondal

Anthony Mondal

In a soft excited voice they carry on their conversations
As if your ears tuned to various radio stations
Asian, European, African and Latin
Wasp Muslims Gentile’s and Jew
Omitting I am only a few.
Angry, agitated full of grudge
And you hear them all at once, what’s the buzz?
The Chinese ladies speak their own dialect in a rapid tone
Two elderly men, by the door, their grievances out pour
Stone faced sits the Kansas native
Avoiding eye contact with the African man.
While at a distance not too far
Four young friends they laugh and joke
Indifferent of the crowd, Indifferent of their colors
Alas if we could only heed, to the message behind their laughter’s.
And these diverse groups of people
Thrown together by greed’s forceful hand
For better understanding, a dialogue demands.
And they all get off on their respective stops
Unfinished phrases left behind, for someone else to carry on
And this human circus goes on and on …… a never ending story
Uncomfortable truth and a human tragedy.

Wasted in Midwest

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Anthony Mondal is a poet and actor. He considers himself simply as an artist beyond the narrow confines of nationality and religion. His most recent book of poems was titled A Burst of Sunshine which is his second published book. He lived in New York City for almost ten years pursuing writing, acting and song writing. Now he resides in Michigan, USA. As an actor he has appeared in the film "Sabrina" and the TV show "Strangers with Candy" (2000). He received his BA from Calvin College in geology in 1995. He worked in World Trade Centre, Building One in 2001 and has survived., Currently he is working on an existential novel tentatively named “In Search Of”…and other writing projects.

Last updated April 03, 2015