WritersSpeakPoetry: A remarkable bus chatterbox experience

by WritersSpeakPoetry

I wanted to write

Just wasn’t sure what to write about

Then I thought about the chatterbox I met on a bus some weeks ago

To date, I wonder how a young lady in her mid-twenties could talk so loudly about

herself and in a public bus


She sat beside an elderly lady, an aunt i suppose

And in a one hour trip, i could have stolen her identity



I learnt her name because she told how her husband called her first name only when

she’d upset him

I also learnt her husband was in Germany because she shared how she had an interview

appointment in the German embassy the following week

I discovered a fear that drove her from staying over with any friends because she

believed not everyone was happy she was married

I learnt her wedding was hurried because she listed a number of relatives she

couldn’t visit before the wedding

This list is by no means exhaustive


I prayed she’d shut-up

Was grateful there was no traffic

Appreciated having my own car

Looked forward to ending the ride

To alight from the bus

To tell this story of one chatterbox in a public bus

WriterSpeaksPoetry is the pen name for Nneka Njoku, a columnist, copywriter, editor, poet and speaker with a french-english bias. A contributor to several publications (start-up and existing), and already out with her first compilation of poetry, Nneka writes & speaks to educate, inspire  & entertain. She currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria and works as a compensation advisor with a professional services firm.


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