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In The Baggage Room At Greyhound - Poem by Allen Ginsberg | Urdu Poetry

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In The Baggage Room At Greyhound - Poem by Allen Ginsberg
I

In the depths of the Greyhound Terminal 
sitting dumbly on a baggage truck looking at the sky 
waiting for the Los Angeles Express to depart 
worrying about eternity over the Post Office roof in 
the night-time red downtown heaven 
staring through my eyeglasses I realized shuddering 
these thoughts were not eternity, nor the poverty 
of our lives, irritable baggage clerks, 
nor the millions of weeping relatives surrounding the 
buses waving goodbye, 
nor other millions of the poor rushing around from 
city to city to see their loved ones, 
nor an indian dead with fright talking to a huge cop 
by the Coke machine, 
nor this trembling old lady with a cane taking the last 
trip of her life, 
nor the red-capped cynical porter collecting his quar- 
ters and smiling over the smashed baggage, 
nor me looking around at the horrible dream, 
nor mustached negro Operating Clerk named Spade, 
dealing out with his marvelous long hand the 
fate of thousands of express packages, 
nor fairy Sam in the basement limping from leaden 
trunk to trunk, 
nor Joe at the counter with his nervous breakdown 
smiling cowardly at the customers, 
nor the grayish-green whale's stomach interior loft 
where we keep the baggage in hideous racks, 
hundreds of suitcases full of tragedy rocking back and 
forth waiting to be opened, 
nor the baggage that's lost, nor damaged handles, 
nameplates vanished, busted wires & broken 
ropes, whole trunks exploding on the concrete 
floor, 
nor seabags emptied into the night in the final 
warehouse. 

II

Yet Spade reminded me of Angel, unloading a bus, 
dressed in blue overalls black face official Angel's work- 
man cap, 
pushing with his belly a huge tin horse piled high with 
black baggage, 
looking up as he passed the yellow light bulb of the loft 
and holding high on his arm an iron shepherd's crook. 

III

It was the racks, I realized, sitting myself on top of 
them now as is my wont at lunchtime to rest 
my tired foot, 
it was the racks, great wooden shelves and stanchions 
posts and beams assembled floor to roof jumbled 
with baggage, 
--the Japanese white metal postwar trunk gaudily 
flowered & headed for Fort Bragg, 
one Mexican green paper package in purple rope 
adorned with names for Nogales, 
hundreds of radiators all at once for Eureka, 
crates of Hawaiian underwear, 
rolls of posters scattered over the Peninsula, nuts to 
Sacramento, 
one human eye for Napa, 
an aluminum box of human blood for Stockton 
and a little red package of teeth for Calistoga- 
it was the racks and these on the racks I saw naked 
in electric light the night before I quit, 
the racks were created to hang our possessions, to keep 
us together, a temporary shift in space, 
God's only way of building the rickety structure of 
Time, 
to hold the bags to send on the roads, to carry our 
luggage from place to place 
looking for a bus to ride us back home to Eternity 
where the heart was left and farewell tears 
began. 

IV

A swarm of baggage sitting by the counter as the trans- 
continental bus pulls in. 
The clock registering 12:15 A.M., May 9, 1956, the 
second hand moving forward, red. 
Getting ready to load my last bus.-Farewell, Walnut 
Creek Richmond Vallejo Portland Pacific 
Highway 
Fleet-footed Quicksilver, God of transience. 
One last package sits lone at midnight sticking up out 
of the Coast rack high as the dusty fluorescent 
light. 

The wage they pay us is too low to live on. Tragedy 
reduced to numbers. 
This for the poor shepherds. I am a communist. 
Farewell ye Greyhound where I suffered so much, 
hurt my knee and scraped my hand and built 
my pectoral muscles big as a vagina. 
Allen Ginsberg

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