The bus, its doors still open, is about
to depart on schedule. A young mother,
with a toddler, is talking loudly
on her mobile in the bus shelter,
telling whoever it is that she lacks
the fare and will wait for whoever it is
to bring it however long it takes.
Should I offer to give her the fare?
How would she react? How it would look?
With a pneumatic sigh the doors close.