Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Poetry Thursday 165 - Train travel




I've been travelling this weekend and you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to workout that it was by train. In fact several trains. There have lots of poems been written about trains I think because they had a rhythm but now ...?



Eurostar 2015

Modern trains

No clickety clack,
clickety clack,
clickety, clickety, clickety, clack,
as carriages hurtle over the track,
passengers travelling there and back.

No clickety clack,
clickety clack,
clickety, clickety, clickety, clack,
taking journeys both Sue and Jack,
visiting friends to play and crack.

No clickety clack,
clickety clack,
clickety, clickety, clickety, clack,
going up town in business black,
taking steps to avoid the sack.

No clickety clack,
clickety clack,
clickety, clickety, clickety, clack,
like squashed sardines in a hessian sack,
balancing cases on the luggage rack.



No clickety clack,
but swoosh, swish,
swoosh, swoosh, swoosh, swish,
creaks, groans moans but lack
the character of the old railway track.
© David L Atkinson June 2015


There are many better train poems but this was my immediate reaction to the difference from when I travelled by steam train to last weekend.
Some examples, the first from Robert Louis Stevenson

From a Railway Carriage
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.













I am very traditional in my poetry tastes! However, because train travel is all about sound, rhythm and distorted views it lends itself to collections of words that stimulate memories of travelling experiences. And so ...

Image result for leaving the station

The Train Leaves

Suddenly moving
barely discerned
moments later rapidly leaving
the station gone.
Passing building’s backs
Now the fields.
Finally hurtling by nature
images blurring dizzyingly.
© David L Atkinson June 2015


God Bless