Academic journal article Antipodes

An Observation of Love in the Fifties

Academic journal article Antipodes

An Observation of Love in the Fifties

Article excerpt

The railcar was at the station.

A small city station, still a station master

with a whistle and a guard with a flag

still the looming clock over the platform.

The late fifties, I think. Order and

punishment, love and shame hidden under it

but there was this one tall young woman

with a dark cloud of hair, disheveled

leaning against the railcar's sides as if

she was fainting and talking to man in the window

or it might have been blocking the door

this lingering goodbye to stop the clock

and make the stationmaster drop his whistle

or an urchin seize the guard's flag

the railcar unable to move off because

a woman has fainted against its sides.

I was watching from a luggage trolley

empty now of its suitcases and packages. …

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