Steam Locomotive

A Poetry Response

Poetry

26th November 2018

I Composed this piece after reading fellow poet Luna’s Poem #93

You can find that piece here

Sent it to her first, then i thought i’d share it with the rest of you all…enjoy

If you want to comment, feel free to post – Inky.

Loco 673, a steam train at National Railway Museum, York
Loco 673, at National Railway Museum, York

I watched from the other platform
the girl with the not so happy smile
she let the express go by her
and was sat by the tracks for a while
sat on her own – as the trains went by
something began to question why?
so over the platform I started to walk
and sat by the platform – and the two of us talked

Central

Photography, Places, Poetry, Transport

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a tale of Manchester central, which I knew as G-Mex when I were young (sic)

I

It’s the place

where mighty wheels

rolled over lines of steel

to take you north and south and east

to wonderous places where stress released

II

Slap bang

In the middle of town

The rail network changed – they shut it down

Exciting times lay ahead,

Sport and music from the railways bed

III

Conferences held under railways arch

Entertainment and sport – set among trees of green

Next to connections set up for the place

Travelways and walkways, Roman Wall, Air and Space

Rolling on to Altrincham, Bury and the Quays

And new lines to the home of Man city and the Beeb

Leading to th’ airport and parks and the trees

IV

and just by the tramstop – in the place by the field

the stations old tale is all but revealed

showing the vehicles that stopped at this place

before changes to the line – Piccadilly replaced.

The 5.15

Poetry, Romance

A scribble from my notebook (the aquamarine one), An attempt at Haiku, which turned into something else – hope you like the read.

The 5.15

By Brian F Kirkham

 

She sits on the bench

Awaiting the arrival

of the 5.15

 

Last train for Matlock,

Left in a swift moment

So she sits and waits

 

Cinders Abandoned,

No Prince Charming by platform

To cover from rain

 

Looking Left and Right

Appearance of a Knight

Arriving on time

 

Perhaps it was fate

That Drew her eyes not to wait

To make move, Check – Mate ?

 

Station Hopping

Airport, BBC, Cricket, Destinations, Football, Leisure, Museums, Rugby, Seaside, Sports, Travel, Work

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

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Lands end to John O’ Groats on Public Transport ?

It sounds like a preposterous suggestion to make, but its not that far fetched.

You see, living where I do , in Greater Manchester – there’s an excellent network of Buses, Trains and Trams to get to.  Even in the short period of time while I was waiting for my Travel Pass, a Tram ticket cost a meagre £1.20 for a return into the city centre, and with the BBC Moving in opposite the Lowry Arts Complex

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BBC North – One of the Destinations on Manchester’s Metrolink network.

at Salford recently – the supply of regular trams has been constant.  They don’t want to upset the London crowd you see.

So, I can now take a Pennine trip from Salford to Rochdale, before popping onto a West Yorkshire Metro from Rochdale to Todmorden in West Yorkshire if I wish…I could take in the delights of Bury Art Gallery or Lancashire Fusiliers Museum or take a trip around Oldham town centre and be back in time for Tea

The Football Set are smiling, as the metro lines take in both Old Trafford (Home of Manchester United FC) and the Etihad Campus (Home of the Commonwealth Stadium in 2002, and now Home to Manchester City FC) – and if Football isn’t your thing – then it also stops outside Lancashire Cricket Club

(Rugby Fans – Salford’s stadium is a short distance from the Eccles Stop – and they put on buses there!)

Get to Piccadilly Station, and Manchester’s Sporting Complex awaits – or if I feel like it a trip North to the Lancashire sands, taking in the delights of Morecambe’s Seafront, Blackpool’s Tower, The Lake District or Zakynthos’s Wildlife

The Metrolink now lands at Manchester Airport – so if you book your ticket – and pack a bag you could go further than you think on the humble little tram – But the Airfare costs a little extra!