THE TRAINS GO THUNDERING BY .. . .. .

The Trains Go Thundering By .. .

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The trains go thundering by
  it is a figure of speech
  I sit at the corner of a dusty road
  forlorn of much hope

The tanks came after
  then the larks sprung forth
  and the shouting of the soldiers
  in the gutter of the shortest day

When I was a child
  we stood watching those
  steam-snorting leviathans
  as they go thundering by

Who believed in our future
  while we sang ditty songs
  in the classroom of learning
  assumed mothers always know

Washed our hands in the snow
  thought that we would never die
  until memories of things transparent
  appeared deeply with invisible ink

They, who lived twice as much
  Saint Sebastian and all the rest
  many have hung from a gibbet
  who lived with slimmer hope

As trains go thundering by
  below or above the highway
  the tales we told ourselves as kids
  fresh out of newspaper cones

Up on the stoney parapet
  we then learned to whirl
  the rattle, beat the drum
  sing out loud our favourite songs

When Mr Harold came to play
  on our front door, red-tiled steps
  where come the RT busses
  always travelling in threes

Those trains still thundering after
  I lived inside my box room
  middle classed in suburbia
  cul-de-sac inspid with inertia

Believed in something then
  but nothing anymore
  not since there was HiroshiThe trains go thundering by
more a figure of speech
I sit at the corner of a dusty road
forlorn much of hope

The tanks came after
then the larks sprung forth
and the shouting of the soldiers
in the gutter at the shortest day

When we were children
standing aside to watch those
steam-snorting leviathans
as they go thundering by

We believed in our future
while we sang ditty songs
in the classroom of learning
assumed mothers always know

Washed our hands in snow
thought we would never die
until memories, things transparent
appeared deeply as in invisible ink

They, who lived twice
Saint Sebastian, all the rest
those who hung from a gibbet
who lived with summer hope

As trains go thundering by
below or above the highway
tales we told ourselves as kids
fresh from newspaper cones

Up on the stoney parapet
we learned to whirl
the rattle, beat the drum
sing out loud our favourite songs

when Mr Harold came we played
on red-tiled door steps
where come ‘RT’ busses
always travelling in threes

Those trains still thundering after
I, inside my box room
middle classed in suburbia
cul-de-sac inspid with inertia

Believing in the something
but then nothing anymore
not since Hiroshima, 9/11
the rape of common man

The antecedence of horror
the antipathy of truth
the rush of man’s desire
to conquer different tribes

Who tampers their genetics
play gods with other lives
who wrestles leviathan
controls the march of time

Watch then with your child eyes
watch the loyal soldier
watch a father die
as trains go thundering bye rape of common man

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©edenbraytoday24.12.2022

my christmas pome – 2022

About edenbray

I'm a writer ... I write .. . I’m not sure why I ever stopped, was it 9/11? .. . edenbray is born ugly, wet and covered in blood, mucous and bodily functions ~ the effluence of my short life .. . I am a Writer and Artist since 1966 - I'm an avid Blogger ~ I write lots of poems, written essays, articles, reviews, opinion + comment .. . I have had many poems selected for Anthologies of verse and recently have published many of my poems in 24+ themed booklets ... please ask for details - join the shebang by leaving me a marker with a 'like' or a comment for my ego and encouragement and thanks for listening - I really value your interest ~ edenbray
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