I pulled my bag, beaded bungee sprung back, bounced
the man beside me on bus stared at me fixedly
eye contact, he carefully enunciated "ow.
that hit me". I apologized.
10 minutes along... "ow. that still hurts." petulant tone.
seeking me at route end
in the disembarking crowd, poked, "it *still* hurts."
deadpan? what more did he want of me?
does he not understand that causing pain, causes pain
and hurt sustained blossoms to anger?
why keep pointing it out?