Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” Aldous Huxley, Jesting Pilate


foto – XPT coming into Urunga railway station Jan 2013

2nd Class Wait Here

Henry Lawson (1899). Music by Tony Miles (1981)

At suburban railway stations – you may see them as you pass –
There are signboards on the platform saying ‘Wait here second class’:
And to me the whirr and thunder and the cluck of running gear
Seems to be forever saying, saying ‘Second class wait here’ –

Wait here second class
Second class wait here

Yes, the second class were waiting in the days of serf and prince.
And the second class are waiting – they’ve been waiting ever since,
There are gardens in the background, and the line is dark and drear,
Yet they wait beneath a signboard, sneering, ‘Second class wait here’.


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