The Line-by-Line Summary
This thirty three line poem begins with an abstract voice telling the readers about his busconductor who soon will depart this heart as a result of kidney failure.
takes on now a different shape
He holds a ninepenny single
as if it were a rose
and puts the shilling in his bag
as a child into a gasmeter.
His thin lips
have no quips
for fat factorygirls
and he ignores
the drunk who snores
and the oldman who talks to himself
and gets off at the wrong stop.”
The further narration show the dying busconductor walk slow toward the back of the bus as if he won’t be able to get to the back of the back of the bus next time; he watches the “familiar shops” and “sameold streets” with different view and question if the sky was ever so blue?
The concluding lines of the poem reveals the thought of the busconductor thus (line 29-33):-
“And all the time
deepdown in the deserted busshelter of his mind
he thinks about his journey nearly done.
One day he’ll clock on and never clock off
or clock off and never clock on.”
“My busconductor” is a free verse that teaches the important of life and living. From the context of the poem knowing when death will come upon a soul is better than knowing that death is at hand.
About the Poet
By the way, who is Roger McGough? Roger McGough is an English poet and broadcaster born on the 9th of November 1937 in Lancashire, England.
The setting of the poem is crystal clear; the bus. There, the busconductor displayed his love for human existence. Within the bus, the dying busconductor reflected on his life journey that is nearly done.
The Message of the Poem
The themes of the poem are
The Poetic Recipes
The poetic devices in the poem are assonance in line 2 “he only has one kidney”. Alliteration in line 3 “may soon go on strike”. Simile in line 9 “as if it were a rose”.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)