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Muni Poetry - Bus Ballet (21 Hayes)

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This article is part of a poetry series dedicated to every Muni route in San Francisco. You can find the poet, Mc "Mack" Allen, on twitter at @that_mc.

Bus Ballet (21 Hayes)

The young ballerinas,
still learning to perfectly
compose their every gesture,
pile into the bus
in a disordered riot
of laughter, duffel bags and slippers.

Passing the Painted Ladies
they are concentrating
on their feet
and not stepping
on one another’s toes.

At Laguna the bus
lurches through the turn and
one ballerina is suddenly
              unbalanced
and the whole group,
as if tied together,
fall down in unison.

On firmer footing
chagrined by their
demonstrated lack of poise
the ballerinas move to the back
holding onto the handlebars.
Catching on to the rhythm
of the bus dance and its peculiar
cadence of stop and start,
becoming a troupe
of bus dancers.

As they disembark
at civic center
each one leaps
from the back door,
perfectly composed.

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