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The Knights of the Tie™

If you want to see
  the urbane battleground
  the civilised fisticuffs
  the modern-day duel
don’t look to
  the wrestling ring
  the fencing match
  the Iraq, Afghanistan, Falklands, Somme and so on
(at least not first).

Look to the public transport of
  the city crusader
  the cosmopolitan gent
  the schoolchild, tramp, tourist, newbie and so on
(but mostly the suits).

For they know their place in the pecking-order public platform of transportation contraptions
and
it is
  their confidence
  their job
  their life (maybe)
so
they will defend it with all
  their strength
  their minds
  their hearts
but
what weapons has our Knight of the Tie™? Only
  their outrage
  their tensing up
their shifty sort of subtle squeezing into place by ‘scarcely’ seeing the intruder and softly stepping onto them until the sacrosanct space is saved
and (worse than all the above put together with Marmite)
  the angry stare!
and (what makes up for failure if the above factors fail to shift the offender)
  the commiseration of their fellow Knights of the Tie™!

So next time you pass
  a bus
  a train
  a tram, tube, DLR, coach and so on
take a look at the arena, watch
  the Knights take their places
  the interloper lope inter
  the fierce oppugnance for the place
and write down
  if he won
  if he lost
  if he kept he fellows’ respect
(the last is the most important).

And if you
  study hard
  eat your greens
  buy into the conventions of an often unfair and limiting capitalist society
maybe
one day
you can be one too.