Bus Shelter

Bus Shelter | Wenatchee, WA | 2012

Five p.m., quitting time, and this enclosed bus shelter is an oven. Tired women, clerks from discount stores and the dry cleaners, rest inside on the only bench. They gingerly place sore, bare feet atop work shoes smashed flat to keep skin off hot concrete. They wipe sweat from faces with fast-food napkins because these days no one carries a handkerchief. They want nothing more than to go home, feed the kids, tinkle ice cubes in a glass and fill it under the tap. Where’s that damned bus?