Bus Ride

Exit slowly as you can
as hopes hiss shut behind you.
Come again soon,
and almost speak the truth
to those you almost love.
Count the cost and come up short
every time, the bare minimum fare -
all you can afford.
Don't ask for the few cents more
it takes to get to Friendship.
Disembark alone,
unable to travel
anywhere past Middlesville.
The snake would spit you to the pavement.
Hang on to your pride;
exit slowly as you can.