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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Poem about a train

Okay, this week I've cheated. I feel fraudulent but as TFE points out, time sometimes slips through your fingers like sand.
The poignant and gut-wrenching poem I am submitting to book my place on this week's poetry bus is actually one that I unsuccessfully submitted to last year's Poetry on the Dart competition, and rather than leaving him to run around lost and unwanted, I thought I'd put him to some use.

As the train pulled out of the station
She leaned out to wave farewell.
‘Twas a desp’rate situation
A prelimin’ry of hell.

Her white hankie fluttered sadly
‘Gainst the dark’ning Dalkey sky,
And her sweet voice wavered badly
As she yelled a pained ‘Goodbye!’

Oh, she cut a forlorn figure
On that DART beside the coast
But I couldn’t help but snigger
When her head smacked off a post.


  1. ((giggles)) That wasn't the romantic ending I was expecting!

  2. Ever seen that Young Ones episode?

  3. How could they not put that on the Dart?Poignant, if somewhat messy, finale. That was a cool comp though,(AND FREE TO ENTER) I missed the deadline , will try next year.
    And how sweet of the BB people to invite you to give them some more money to pay for their live link to Carlow.

  4. Nasty but nice. My Dart poem wasn't anything like as good. I find it hard to write to order

  5. OMG! You have such a delicious dark side. I love that! Why wouldn't they go for it, I wonder? (Would make a great advertisement too.)

    ("You'll lose your head over our rates", or something like that.)

  6. As horrible a thought this probably happened to some one. As absurd as it sounds the head smack of heady stuff! Like the lead-up on this one; very unsuspecting! double whammy! Especially with the naive-looking infatuated loves how unawares you caught me! (slapping my forehead: triple whammy)!