Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Sheldon Kranz


    No Tickets is an allegory about whether we have met our own demands. An allegorical locomotive may not agree with our complacency.”

—Eli Siegel
From Preface to Personal & Impersonal


    No Tickets

    The rude voice announces
    That those without tickets
    Must leave the train immediately.
    People quickly fumble in purses
    And bring out small, bright objects
    They have carefully tucked into corners.
    Mementos delicately wrapped in tissue
    Appear and are disregarded;
    Pockets are turned inside out.
    And the clear voice announces
    That those without tickets 
    Will kindly prepare to descend.

    Some are angry and declare
    They will sue the railroad
    For this humiliation.
    Others stare quietly down at their empty hands.
    The conductor hurries along the aisle;
    His eyes are sad--
    They do not understand.

    On the crowded  platform, the people avoid each other's gaze
    And watch with puzzled, angry eyes
    As the shining locomotive moves swiftly out of sight,
    While the clear voice politely directs the people
    To the nearest exit.

From Personal & Impersonal
© 1959 by Terrain Gallery

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