I have to raise my fee

I don’t complain really…
   but I really need an upgrade.
I need a larger vessel.
I need a helmsman and some hands on deck.

The line of customers keep growing.
Raqqa and Aleppo, then Las Vegas, soon Pyongyang.
I’m too old for this.
It’s soon as bad as Somme.

I need to raise the fee.
An obol to a bitcoin maybe?
Or better bring your credit card.

Cerberus is sated; he only growls;
too many legs to bite.

The underworld is brimming but you insist on dying.


Hades is a place of dread and just handful get an upgrade.

Whenever I see a ferry in Friday Fictoneers I realize it’s Ted’s picture.
Whenever I see a ferry I think of Styx, Hades and Charon. He must be very busy these days.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly event run by Rochelle. One picture 100 words. Simple, smart and fun.

October 4, 2017

52 responses to “I have to raise my fee

  1. But what would he charge? That is the question…
    And Lord knows there must be quite the waiting line to get in because there are sooooo many striving to go down there.

  2. I suspected where you were going with this when I read the title. It’s all about supply and demand, isn’t it? If I pre-purchase a ticket for twenty-five years down the road, can I still lock in the price at today’s rate? Do you serve wine in first class, or shall I bring my own?
    I’ll be wearing wings and a halo.

  3. Oh, Bjorn, I love this, even though it left me with a big “ouch” in my heart. Have you read “The Book Thief”? This so reminds me of that book which is one of my all-time favorites. Cheers, Alicia

  4. Such imagery, and a great take on Ted’s picture. The line, ‘The underworld is brimming but you insist on dying.’ says so much, and the idea of only a few getting an upgrade. This has so many layers. Really enjoyed reading.

  5. Bitcoins ain’t as cheap as they used to be! This poem is brilliant and very, very, very darkly humorous; just love his wheeler-dealer tone of voice. I reckon he needs a whole fleet of ferries, or an ocean liner to do his job these days.

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