GHOST TRAINS ON THE MIDDLEWOOD WAY                                                   



the boundaries of          yakkity yak       

yakkity yak        yakkity yak        cities


ripped outlines      in the pub railway geeks

yakkity yak        a moment of insanity      yakkity

yak       umbelliferare umbrella lost platforms


yakkity      find yourself yakkity      outside

the centre         ghost stations    vetch    the local shop

sells the last century      a woman           grit in her eye


rose bay     yakkity        willow herb        what’sername


Celia enters the buffet    steam dissipates      class

difference     men in dark suits   hats    wave from

vanished carriages        find yourself in a foreign land


reveals a tall figure


MY DADDY       yakkity    trainspotting dreams transit

to senior moment     in the body politic   Beeching’s

muttered curse     real ale cricket talk     yakkity


priest and bishop shovel coal    yakkity      to beat

the working accent        then everything                 yakkity

the colour of spring’s first leaves                        bookshop


for the perusal of           yakkity yak        yakkity yak


dust in the eye     holds his hat against the wind of

celluloid departure        succession of senior moments

kindly station master      what was his      yakikity


Trevor       was it       Trevor       patronised villagers

yakkity      from the embankment                        music fades

to grey blocks   a boy and a girl     holds a parcel


brown paper and string     waiting for no-one     to take

the stones from their pockets     the sense of an ending


from their          yakkity          feet



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Greg Freeman

Fri 28th Feb 2014 07:24

Absolutely. Celia, Trevor, the Railway Children who patronised the villagers, plus Beeching, they're all there!

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winston plowes

Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:48

right on track Steve :-)

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