Crabbed age and youth cannot live together

There are so many reports

of kids knifing adults

for various reasons

or for no reason at all

that you can sit on a bus

and watch kids chuck stuff

on the floor or wherever

put  their feet up

on your seat

swear at each other

shout through and across you

until you feel like joining in

in case they take offence.

See the auld fowk on the bus, man,

aw the sap  sucked oot o  them,

clutchin their goodie bags

close tae their bony chests

or starin oot o  the windows

at  life  passin them by.

Zombies, man,

that’s whit they are,

the livin dead.