'Early Train' by Trevor Alexander is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week
The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Early Train’ by Trevor Alexander, about a commuter’s unrequited feelings for a fellow traveller. The poem includes these lines: "Some days like all the others she has deadened daybreak eyes / But other times they light up like a beautiful sunrise." In his answers to our fresh questions, Trevor said he prefers rhyming poetry: “My background is in engineering, so I guess I’m more comfortable with rigid structures.” This is the second time that Trevor has won Poem of the Week.
Can you tell us more about the background to this poem?
This poem was written for a local poetry group (Cleckheaton Library Poets), to a loose prompt of jobs/employment. I took the commute to work as a part of that, so I guess that's where it came from.
When you won POTW first time around, you told us that you had only been writing poetry for a few years, but now regularly attended poetry groups in West Yorkshire. Do you think sharing your poems at such groups has improved or changed your poetry in any way?
Attending local poetry groups has helped with my writing. It may not necessarily tell me whether my work is “good” or not, but it certainly tells me what people like. I only posted this poem after the reaction it got when I read it for the first time at the poetry group this week.
You also have said that you prefer form in poetry. Would you like to talk a little more about that?
I do prefer rhyming form poetry. My background is in engineering, so I guess I'm more comfortable with rigid structures. That seems to carry forward into the sort of poetry I prefer to both write and read. That's not to say this preference is exclusive. I have also written free and blank verse poetry, although in general I don't find it as satisfying.
Plans for the future? Would you like to publish a collection of your poems?
I have recently had a book of my work printed, and offer it when I attend local groups. I don't advertise it much though - perhaps I should. I guess it was just a vanity thing, prompted by a cousin who encouraged me to do it - she liked some of the things when I sent her copies. I have previously had work published in anthologies both in the UK and America.
by Trevor Alexander
I see her every morning on the early shuttle train
A face that’s so familiar but I still don’t know her name
I can’t remember when it was that I first noticed her
But suddenly it registered that she was always there
Some days like all the others she has deadened daybreak eyes
But other times they light up like a beautiful sunrise
I wonder when I see her what it’s like to live her life
And sometimes, is she single or yet someone else’s wife
I don’t think she observes me when I steal a sneaky look
She seems to be oblivious and lost inside her book
And when I weave a fantasy that we become a pair
It doesn’t really matter that she doesn’t know I’m there
Then walking down the platform when we reach our journey’s end
I hope that if she saw me that she won’t misapprehend
For each of us remains within the bubble we create
And move on autopilot so we never deviate
Then riding home each evening I regret that she’s not there
And idly I consider if tomorrow I will dare
To have a conversation when I see her once again
When riding in the morning on the early shuttle train