Rate this poem:(5.00 / 1 vote)

Pedestrian traffic

David Linsday 1986 (Long beach)

Once again, it's that time of year;
When human decency,
Gets shoved to the rear.
All the wrong people in your ear,
Run over by those in fifth gear.
Cutting you off,
They swear, snear, and scoff.
Flocking to sales like pigs,
Fiending for their troughs.
Trampling on themselves,
Clearing out the shelves,
Packing the stores and malls,
Laughing when someone falls;
Traffic on the "I-whine"!
Heaven forbid you stand in line.
Will the rest make it to work on time?
Inconvenienced, and out of sorts
The grinches and humbugs,
Look down their noses, derisive snorts.
Flailing through human traffic
The holidays have become tragic.

About this poem

With the way that the last few years have gone, you'd think that people would be a bit different during these holidays. Doesn't seem like it.

Font size:
Collection  PDF     

Written on November 07, 2021

Submitted by Xiranthius on November 07, 2021

32 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 613
Words 106
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 21

Discuss this David Linsday poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "Pedestrian traffic" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 28 Jan. 2023. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/113502/pedestrian-traffic>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    More poems by

    David Linsday


    January 2023

    Poetry Contest

    Enter our monthly contest for the chance to win cash prizes and gain recognition for your talent.

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    "I walk down the garden paths, and all the daffodils are blowing"
    • A. Gwendolyn Brooks
    • B. Amy Lowell
    • C. Emily Dickinson
    • D. Elizabeth Barrett Browning