Passenger’s Lament

Why are we waiting?
Is something wrong?
I don’t like complaining
But what’s taking so long?

How long will you be
Repairing this train?
Won’t you please tell me?
I don’t want to complain

I’ve paid my fare
To the end of this line
When will we get there?
Why aren’t we on time?

I’m feeling sour
I’m going to complain
For over an hour
We’ve been stuck on this train

Written 1980