Railway Stations

Pudding Lane, Bow church, All Saints
Poplar. The overhead railway runs
high above long lines of commuter traffic
flashing trails of red tail lights,
white headlights in the dark morning.
Ancient names overarching modern machines.

Heron Quays, West India Quay, Canary Wharf.
We glide from small station shelters
into a vast overhead dome
to change trains amongst milling throngs
rushing to work in glass cased offices.

West India Dock, Crossharbour, Mudchute
appear as daylight grows.
another day, off to work again
in futuristic transport
yet a little out of this world
as I pass names established
so long ago, recurring still
in history books
and present day news.

Railway Stations

16 thoughts on “Railway Stations

    1. Thank you very much, I am happy for you to reblog this with your photo. I have no photos as I was always on automatic pilot on my way to and from work so early then late in the day. It always seemed so incongruous travelling on Docklands light rail past all these ancient names.


      1. I have a very beautiful power point presentation about trains that a friend sent to me around Christmas. I would like to share it with you if I can. It is a rather large file and some e mail systems have trouble opening it. It would be simple if I could blog it but I can’t find how to do that. my e mail is meskram2@comcast.net If you would allow me to send it I think you would enjoy it.


      2. Thanks for your kind offer, but I am not so interested in trains. What I was thinking of in the poem was the strangeness of linking ancient and modern events with these place names, along with the futuristic appearance of Dockland Light Rail, which can be run by computer or human manual control. But thanks once again for the offer anyway.


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