Roadie Poet: Bump in the Night


Been on the road about three hours now.
Most of us asleep
when it happens.

Thunk-a Thunk-a

Bus sways.
Doesn’t tip.

You can feel people are up
but no one knows what to do
So we stay in our bunks
and wait.

Word comes down:
we’ve got a flat.

Busdriver’s pissed.
He takes care of this thing
like it’s his baby.

Shit happens,
we tell him.
Then duck;
he’s a bit grumpy.

Anyone who didn’t get up yet
Is woken by the still of the bus.

Are we there?
they ask,
rubbing sleep from their


Side of the road.
It’s raining.
We wait for help.

It comes.
We’re on our way again.

We’ll be late to load-in.
But at least they’ll all know why.

Something went
In the night.



  1. Marcia

    October 10, 2009 9:12 am

    Roadie Poet. Has it going on.

  2. gautami tripathy

    October 10, 2009 12:22 pm

    Roadie poet has taken me in!

    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..solidified =-.

  3. sophie

    October 10, 2009 12:42 pm

    I totally enjoy reading posts where the writer has a different take on the writing promt. This was great… a bump in the night so easy to relate to!
    .-= sophie´s last blog ..Bump In the Night =-.

  4. Darlene

    October 10, 2009 1:16 pm

    Awesome! Hope you have a great weekend Susan.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Blog Design Change Once Again – I was Bored =-.

  5. Robin

    October 10, 2009 1:56 pm

    Love Roadie Poet. Love him.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..Sky? What sky? =-.

  6. Thomma Lyn

    October 10, 2009 2:15 pm

    I love Roadie Poet. And this rings so true: “Anybody who didn’t get up yet / is woken by the still of the bus.”
    .-= Thomma Lyn´s last blog ..Mirror Blue on Kindle, and Other Stuff =-.

  7. bunnygirl

    October 10, 2009 3:21 pm

    Love it! Can Roadie Poet be my friend?
    .-= bunnygirl´s last blog ..Monday Bunday: Audrey Memories =-.

  8. Bluebethley

    October 10, 2009 4:29 pm

    Glad it was just a small bump in the night. Just a little bump. Not even enough to make one pause. Rethink what makes bumps. In the road. In the night.
    .-= Bluebethley´s last blog ..#184 Bump in the night . . . =-.

  9. patois

    October 11, 2009 11:00 am

    Absolutely, let’s hear it big time for Roadie Poet! Whoo-hoo!
    .-= patois´s last blog ..Sunday Scribblings: Bump in the Night =-.

  10. keiths ramblings

    October 11, 2009 7:20 pm

    I loved it! A totally different take and a real change.

  11. Dee

    October 11, 2009 9:18 pm

    I “heart” Roadie Poet 🙂
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Boogie Man =-.

  12. gel

    October 12, 2009 4:17 am

    Flat will certainly make a bump! Good to be reading you again.

  13. carol

    October 12, 2009 1:32 pm

    Loved it. I’m glad it was a flat, though, I have to admit to thinking the bump was something more alive at first.
    .-= carol´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday and Library Loot =-.

  14. Alice Audrey

    October 12, 2009 2:25 pm

    I love the last line(s)!
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..85/365 What can be seen  – post Photoshop =-.

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