The Poppy Line

Pulling away from Sheringham station a coastal panorama unfolds 
of flowering gorse and sparkling cerulean blue sea,
the metallic double clunk of the vintage ruby red and black Tyler  
  token system, issuing the single line track token key.

Reminiscent of a Monet painting, a profusion of wild scarlet red 
flowering poppies embroider a field of ripening wheat,
a B12 locomotive in LNER apple green waits for the guard to blow 
the whistle, radiating a shimmering wave of heat.

The columns of small bold black print advertising train’s arrivals 
  and departures on the yellowing Victorian timetable,
attached with cream string on a large chestnut brown old 
fashioned leather suitcase, a handwritten cursive label.

Glamorous Art Deco railway posters advertise national holiday
locations printed in colours vibrant and bold,
passing through heathland, a locomotive discharges billowing clouds
 of white smoke which follow the train on a day frosty and cold.

The Black Prince 9F stationary at horizontal red and white track 
     signals, striking and workmanlike in glossy black,
the nostalgic sound of a musical steam whistle carried on transient 
 light wind travels a mile down the track.

The rich golden brown wooden elegance of restored Gresley 
Quad-Art carriages, pure decadence class,
encased in a trackside emerald green and cream glass multi-paned 
signal box, long levers made of polished brass.

Waiting at Kelling’s woodland train halt, enjoying the slumbering 
   autumn colours of amber, green and burnished red,
a colourful contrast to the muted pewter grey stone ballast, wooden 
 sleepers and rails of the linear track bed.

A steam train’s indistinct silhouette appears out of nebulous smoke
grey on a misty autumnal morn,
a tame red breasted resident robin busily picks up discarded cake
crumbs on the lengthy linear platform.

The cab of a steam train emits a fiery glow , the boiler door open,
coaling up on an ebony winter’s night,
familiar cuttings and trackside softened, lightly covered by an overnight
dusting of snow crystals in pristine white.

The footbridge at The Poppy Line’s beautifully preserved station at
  Weybourne offers glorious views of windmill and sea,
  whenever I see a steam train making it’s way along the track or hear 
  a distant whistle, you are always there, close to me.

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 The Poppy Line.
My poems have been very well received at both church and crematorium services, by funeral directors and celebrants, and adds a very personal accolade.

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