Stopped between stations on the Central Line,
Her eyes explore a man with face as dull
As council flats. "He looks," she thinks, "like Paul
Will look in ten years, grey, defeated, mine,
All mine." The train now jerks and jars
To life again, then stops and doors slide wide.
She crumples her paper, will not read her stars.
What do they know? It's journalistic crap.
She's beautiful with energy and pride.
A disembodied voice says, "Mind the gap."


{short description of image} Family parties suck. You... Cold in the echoing church...