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 l
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 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

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 received at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.

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