“I’m not au fait with the big picture,”
Says the train guard
Disconsolate that his train is late.
He’s talking of Southern Railways.
I too am not au fait with the big picture
Of Southern Railways.
I’m sure that nobody is
Not the top boss
Not God himself.
But who is au fait with any big picture?
I think of the biggest picture:
Why are we here?
Wat are we here for?
Where are we going?
I’m not au fait with that big picture,
But nor, pretend as they might,
Are the Pope or Aristotle.
The train guard is disconsolate
That he is not au fait with the big picture
Of Southern Ralways.
He doesn’t, I suspect,
Care about the biggest picture.
He wouldn’t aspire to be au fait with that.
“I’m only a train guard,
If I can’t be au fait with the big picture
Of Southern Railways
How can I be au fait with the biggest picture?”
He can’t, and nor can I.
And do I care? I don’t.
I couldn’t bear to be au fait with the biggest picture
Think of the responsibility
The endless explanations.
No, that’s not for me.