The Electric Bus. Auckland, New Zealand. 1973.
Hereís the electric bus.
I get on at the top of Parnell Road, across
from the old church on St. Stephenís Ave.
When the driver takes off, itís like being in a
Pinball machine as you careen up the aisle past
the horrified faces of people already seated
and hanging on for dear life.
You can end up on someoneís lap, your backside,
an empty seat, or if youíre very unlucky, way at
the back flat on your face.
You have to pull the cord for your stop and hope
the driverís already had enough fun for the day.
Sometimes the booms clatter off the overhead cable
and you stop dead in the middle of the street.
Many passengers escape during this bit of luck
Before the driver can return.