Any More Fares?

To a young child,
the jagged edge of paper
poked out like a tongue
from the machine slung
round the conductor’s neck.
‘Any more fares, please?’
With a rattle of his handle
he conjured a miniature scroll,
a ticket printed with conundrums
to last the big red bus ride home.

Kim M. Russell, 2018

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Fireblossom Friday: That’s the Ticket

Shay is back with Fireblossom Friday and wonders if we have ever thought about all the expressions there are for different kinds of tickets. I immediately thought of The Beatles and ‘Ticket to Ride’, which is also on her list, and the golden ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. But the tickets I remember with fondness are the old-fashioned London bus tickets of my youth, which provided me with games and magic on boring bus rides home.

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12 thoughts on “Any More Fares?

  1. Yes, this is precisely the kind of thing that would fascinate a child! I had never seen such a thing, but i think the world is a poorer place without such a crazy gadget. Thanks for your comment at my place; I always enjoy it when you stop by and leave your thoughtful remarks. 🙂

    –coal (Fireblossom)

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