Ticket to Philadelphia

For Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads. Welcome back Shay!

Ticket to Philadelphia
The ticket to Philadelphia cost
$43 in 1983 –
It was a one-way ticket.
My friends said I should be safe –
get a round trip ticket.
It was the midnight train
arriving at 6 a.m. in the morning.
You met me at the station
and thoughts of the round trip ticket
melted with colors of dawn
bounced off the cobblestones
finally came to a stop in the gutters.
I fell in love with Philadelphia.
I didn’t need the round trip ticket
So I cashed it in.
I cashed you in a month later.
I still love Philadelphia
But now I live somewhere else.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 16:30:55

    Thx for the welx! I love the story this tells, which seems to add up to more than the sum of its parts. The double twist at the end was very cool. Philadelphia still has WC Fields, at least. 😉


  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 17:16:16

    WOW! How I love this poem! Especially the closing lines……..especially happy that now you live somewhere else.


  3. erbiage
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 17:26:47

    Philly is a fine city


  4. purplepeninportland
    Jan 04, 2018 @ 20:31:11

    So you got to know and love Philly, then moved on. If you are happy, that’s all that matters.


  5. Vivian Zems
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:29:30

    An great ode to Philly… I like the light-heartedness of this!


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 05:01:27

    A place and a person… you can love both or neither… but only one doesn’t really work I think,…


  7. Kerry O'Connor
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 08:15:47

    I think of dial-taking, change and the spirit of adventure as I read this poem.


  8. sanaarizvi
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 14:06:25

    Love this, I have heard a lot about Philadelphia 😀 and hope to be able to visit one day❤️ Especially love the double twist at the end. Beautifully penned!


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 14:49:44

    I see you moving into a storyteller phase. I would love to see this as a hiabun with a bang-up haiku.


  10. Frank J. Tassone
    Jan 05, 2018 @ 16:22:52

    I, too, would love to see a haibun of this! 🙂 Wonderful write! The family and I visited Philadelphia a few years ago, and we enjoyed it. Except we should have gone to South Street for our cheese steaks!


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 05, 2018 @ 16:30:09

      Nah. You should have gone down to Gino’s in the Italian market for your cheese steak. The one on South St and Ginos have been in competition with each other for years. I’m a ginos girl. I actually worked there for a while as an order taker and fry cook. A “special” friend owed me a favor and got me a job there. I worked at night while I was going to school at the Culinary Institute. Talk about a party going on between 12 and 7!

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      • Frank J. Tassone
        Jan 05, 2018 @ 16:54:48

        😆 sounds great! Where we definitely should NOT have gone is where we DID go: some pub-restaurant down the street from Independence Hall! We were so tourist-trapped! 😆


        • kanzensakura
          Jan 05, 2018 @ 17:28:03

          Wow. And Philly has so many good restaurants…not the tourist stuff. Dante and Luigi’s is one of the best, a short stroll from Liberty Hall. Not to mention the mom n pops in the Market. And Dirty Frank’s. I got thrown out of there along with some of press men and photogs from the Enqy. Great place to grab a huge corned beef sammich and a shot. I love Philly. I consider it my second hometown.

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