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.
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