Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Playing people tessellation on the tube

Crammed in
Pressed up against the last man in’s backpack. Two people force their way on behind me. Small woman who can’t stand still and fidgets in the curve of my back on the right. And a large older man who I feel trying to stifle chesty coughs through his barber jacket. 

At Paddington lots get off. Shuffle around. Sharing the pole with a pole hogging American who doesn’t seem to mind that her breast is pressed against my hand and her warm hand is cupping the top of mine. Plenty of room for everyone if someone isn’t leaning all round it. 

Tourists fuddle the smooth transition across hall at the top of the escalators at kings cross, standing still or heading cross trajectories. 

At the Piccadilly line platform a crowd round the open door is an obstacle to getting on the remaining space.

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