city of cape town

hooting loud

flirting outrageously

with a growing crowd


whistle is a-whistling

putting on a show

city of cape town

puffs and blows


fireman replenishing

diminishing coal

flickering doorway

of the stoker’s hole


engine three-six


keeping an age

of steam alive


leaky old joints

giving out a squirt

red-necked driver

sweaty old shirt


city of cape town

rattling loud

resplendent magical

mighty proud





stella jones

Wed 30th Nov 2011 14:01

I enjoyed the flow of this Philipos, you got the feel very well. :o)


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Sun 27th Nov 2011 14:36

Hi Nick, John Coopey's got me at the rail poems again. I read something like it at an Open Mike session in the Cape a while back now. Also had it published in the enthusist's rag.

Thanks for commenting.Thanks Dave. Working on the piccy idea. Cheers.

Nick Coleman

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Sun 27th Nov 2011 14:01

got the steam rhythm and rhyme, great picture

Dave Bradley

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Sun 27th Nov 2011 12:49

I like this Philipos. Made me want a picture to go with it, but maybe it is better with just the words and one's imagination.

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