burdened with bags I jostle
onto the trolley.

young guy, buds in ears
asks, “Sir, would you like this seat?”

refusing his offer I thank him
for his kindness.

trolley lurching
me gripping the chrome bar.

lurch and stop and lurch again.
should have accepted the offer

from this handsome surfer,
gracious and young

I fight the urge to
whack him in the face.

For over fifty years Michael Jack O’Brien has published in print and on-line journals, most recently, Blue Heron Review, Madness Muse Magazine, One Person’s Trash, and Colloquial. Also, his work has appeared in three anthologies: Gridlock: Poetry of Southern California, Proposal on Brooklyn Bridge, and California: Dreams and Realities.