Persuasion – Jan Dean

In 2005 I took my grandchildren 

to the Newcastle Show and on our train

homeward bound, three revellers 

on their way to Mardi Gras absorbed us 

so much we missed our exit station

but the Mardi Gras trio, two young women 

and a young man, helped us alight later. 

The empty station, bleak compared 

to Oxford St, with two platforms and tracks

seemed unwelcome. I wondered how

the threesome fared, imagined

they had a great time of colour and meaning.

A month after I swore I saw one 

of the women from the train

on the front page of the local paper. 

Renae Lawrence from the Bali Nine

had an uncanny similarity to the woman

who entertained my grandchildren so kindly.