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.



Spectacle of the Turn (33 Stanyan)

A handful
of sleepy passengers
ride the early morning
Stanyan bus
which dutifully
clambers up
the lower slopes
of Corona Heights
and gradually pulls level
with the ragged crag,
a seismic relic
warming in the sun.
A passenger
is peering through
the rear window
through Castro
through Mission
through Potrero
into the glittering bay.
The bus jinks left onto Market
and suddenly the skyline
of glowing high rises
swings into full view
capturing every passengers attention
while the operator
leans out his window
to press the special signal toggle,
then the bus takes that
giant hairpin turn
and now the passengers
are watching in fascination
what seems a certain collision
with the solid retaining wall
which completely
fills the windscreen
at a distance
of perhaps ten inches.
No way can this bus avoid
smashing into the hillside,
and yet it does,
while the operator cranks the wheel
the wall slides past
as a cargo ship glides
under the bridges
to who knows which port.
Disembarking at Ashbury
at Haight
at Fulton
at Geary
at Cherry
the early morning company
disperse one by one
having faced the wall
and turned the corner
into the light of day.


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