Down Under

Down Under

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The soulless automata of the City Davy, reminds me of that fake news/funny about a northerner in trouble for saying hello to people I posted a while back. It is a sad thing but fascinating to think of all those people we see once, have lives before and past, that we will never know about. I once met a small unassuming gent at a dinner. It turned out for many years he was ‘our man’ in Manila . I had to coax stories from him, which made them most likely genuine, and was enthralled all night.

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    Nigel, this poem formed in my head standing on an escalator at a tube station and watching the hundreds of people flowing up and down. I don’t go into London much these days and find it very claustrophobic having lived in a village for 5 years. It is hard to believe I lived and worked there for over 30 years. I bet the meeting with the man from Manilla was something to savour.

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Traveling on a subway in NYC, I people watch. Though physically close, we don’t know one another and may never see each other again. You’ve articulated it beautifully, Davy.

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    Thank you Gwen. When I visited New York a few years ago I found travelling on the subways more pleasant than on the London Underground. It was above ground where the congestion of people and traffic was different. Thank you for your thoughts and kind words.

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Ah ! The escalator , the tube , teeming humanity. You say it well, Davy. I like the title too. Damn cool!

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I haven’t been on a subway in years, fortunately! Excellent capture, Davy.

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Love this! We can all relate to this experience.
I love to sit in crowded places like airports, malls, etc., and think about the people I see. I wonder where are they going, how are they feeling, if they are happy, etc. πŸ™‚
I try to smile at as many of them as will make eye contact with me. πŸ™‚
HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    Another people watcher Carolyn? This is one of my favourite pastimes. Mrs D thinks it is a sign of madness. I want to stop and say hello and talk to everybody. Is this a trait that makes us writers? Thank you for your excellent thoughts and observations.

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      Yep, love to people watch and wonder about their lives. ‘Tis fun. πŸ™‚
      Well, then Mrs. D should know that I am mad, too! πŸ˜›
      Yes, my kids say I have never met a stranger. If I don’t approach people, the people seem to approach me first.
      My kids used to shake their heads and roll their eyes and say, “Do you know that person you were talking to, Mom?”.
      Me: “I didn’t. But I know them now. ”
      Now as adults they get a smile outa’ me. πŸ™‚
      You’re welcome!
      Oh, now I wonder about that! Are other writers like us in this sense?!

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      LOL Carolyn, it is magical how even the internet can gather similar spirits. I was brought up in the Northern Part of England and taught to say hello to everyone, irrespective whether you knew them or not. If someone in the village I live in ignores my gesture I increase the niceness every time I see them until they surrender. I don’t think Mrs D has time for this as most of her days are spent keeping me under control. Ps Are you in Australia? I mentioned this on Poetic Beats. If not I apologise but the dedication is for you. I am getting old and forgetful πŸ™‚

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      Yes, I wear people down with my friendliness, and my hugs! πŸ˜€ I always warn them that I’m a hugger! πŸ˜‰

      It must be a full time job to keep you under control! πŸ˜‰ Ha! Just teasin’! Although I have two “supervisors”: my hubby and my doggy, Cooper. And the two of them can’t keep me under control. πŸ™‚

      Oh, my, I wish I did! Love the Australian accent! πŸ™‚
      No, I’ve always lived in the Southwestern states in the USA. πŸ™‚
      No problem. No need to apologize. πŸ™‚

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      OMG Carolyn. I can’t even deny saying it as it is will be recorded LIVE ON AIR lol. Maybe you can move to Australia just for the day when you listen πŸ™‚

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      HA! πŸ˜€ Yes, I can do that!!! πŸ™‚ Going to pack my bags now!!! πŸ˜›
      HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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