On this day, cold and wintry,
The train arrived late.
Passengers hurried out.
Her right leg disabled,
She waited, struggled out,
dragging a case behind her.
The lift was broken,
The stairs appeared forbidding,
She stood, feeling helpless.
People rushed past, eyes averted,
The station emptied.
She climbed the stairs, one step at a time,
Holding on, starting,stopping, breathing,
pulling the case, hoping…
She heard a footfall ; turned,
A dishevelled youth with dreadlocks
picked up her case,
ascended the steps, two at a time,
leaving her behind.
It’s gone, the case is gone, she thought.
She stumbled up, reached the top,
He was there with a taxi and her case,
The driver helped her in.
The youth walked away,
Without waiting for a ‘thank you,’
She was overcome by shame and gratitude.