Southport Line I – mid 50s to early 60s (childhood)

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forever the daydreamer

since the dawn

of my being

 

daydreams presided

over schooling

and teachers rebuked

 

but never detrimental

to the dreamer

who flourished

 

never a dilemma

ever buoyant

never a concern

 

each evening

familiar daydreams

were trusted escorts

 

excepting night-time

when night-terrors

hijacked the dreams

 

attacking vulnerability’s friends

night-time assassins

prejudiced murderers

 

adults habitually mocked

never understood

never eliminated fear

 

each fretful twilight

the night-terror population

steadily increased

 

each entity

seized an opportunity

to stowaway

 

each entity

increasingly and disturbingly

boarded my daydreams

 

reveries sullied

to become nightmares

fearsome ammonium carbonates

 

countless ovine indexing

failed to manufacture

night’s chloroform

 

i yearned desperately

for the night train

on the Southport line

 

distant rumbles

puffing and howling

were so reassuring

 

so far away

but near enough

to prick ghoulish ears

 

one by one

the night-terrors

discounted me

 

they reprieved me

became the ovine

indexed in regression

 

one by one

jumping aboard

the night train

 

the midnight flit

from organic vessel

to fabricated vessel

 

nightly i thanked

whoever provided

my welcomed comatose

 

nightly i thanked

the operator

of the Southport line

 

sleep

sleep

sleep

 

always awakening

to salute

new untainted daydreams 

 

always happy

for the dawn

and friends reunited

 

but wondering

exactly where

night-terrors disembarked

 

and whose dreams

they infiltrated in daylight...

 

thankfully not mine

◄ Lord and Sharman shoe factory; Pemberton

Southport Line II – the 60s (last days of steam) ►

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