Steam Trains

A B12 locomotive patiently waits at horizontal red and 
white signals, impressive in glossy black,
the distinctive sound of a musical steam whistle carried on 
light wind travels a mile down the track,
reminiscent of a Monet painting, scarlet red flowering 
poppies embroider a field of ripening wheat,
an apple green locomotive waits in the station for the signal 
 to rise, radiating a shimmering wave of heat.

The striped coffee brown and vintage cream livery of luxurious
Pullman carriages, pure decadence class,
encased in a trackside’s emerald green and cream signal box,
long levers tipped with highly polished brass,
the symmetry of the criss cross diamond design above the
curving arch of a decorative wrought iron bridge,
a red and white ‘STOP’ sign among a carpet of rich purple
heather on a windswept moorland ridge.

The neat columns of bold black print advertising arrivals and
departures of the yellowing Victorian timetable,
sitting on the platform, an old fashioned brown leather suitcase
has a handwritten cursive luggage label,
glamorous Art Deco railway posters display national holiday
locations printed in colours vibrant and bold,
a black chimney discharges billowing clouds of white smoke 

which follows the train on a day frosty and cold.

The graceful artistry of a railway viaduct’s soaring obsidian 
brick arches crossing a wide river valley,
the metallic double clunk of the red and black Tyler token 
system issuing the single line track token key,
the evocative smell of coal smoke, the ‘chuff ‘ as a train pulls
away from the station, all that you loved so dear,
whenever I see the splendour of a steam train making it’s way along
the track, this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

Beloved Husband  James Farthing 1929 -2017
© Poppyland Poet

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.
My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of steam trains.
My poems have been very well recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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