Slow Train.


Why should I feel so sad?

A song I’ve heard so many times,

It had never affected me before.

But today I heard it

And a mist came over my eyes,

As it told of times passed

That were now no longer there,

That slow train was no longer there

Reminding me

Of times now passed.

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 6th, 2021 00:53
  • Comment from author about the poem: I don't know why this song affected me like this.
  • Category: Sad
  • Views: 53
  • Users favorite of this poem: Jayasree, Accidental Poet.


  • dusk arising

    Evesham of course sits on the OWW railway. Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton rlwy nicknamed 'the old worse and worse'.
    The famous poem Adlestrop by Edward Thomas celebrates the long gone station at Adlestrop on the OWW.
    You can catch the great atmoshere of a steam train 'slow train' by taking a ride at non holiday times on the local SEvern Valley Railway (kidderminster to Bridgenorth) where it calls at several tiny stations each with a great atmosphere of their own. Or the west somerset railway at Minehead.
    Yes, I'm a fan of preserved railways but not the crowds they attract.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thanks da for your fond memories, much appreciated.


    • orchidee

      Good write Gold.

    • Vacancy

      Music can bring out the emotion in all of us, beautifully written

      • Goldfinch60

        Yes it really can, thank you.


      • Neville

        DA is spot on with his response Andy .. I was on that Minehead run only last week .. tis glorious ... and I quite understand where ya coming from sir ..

        • Goldfinch60

          Most kind Neville, thank you.


        • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

          Sometimes we don’t understand why ... sorry your feeling sad . Music can make one sad .., sometimes

          • Goldfinch60

            It is just a moment in time that music can bring to us all yellowrose but happiness always overrides it.


          • Jayasree

            Music makes people feel like that. For me music and memories are so connected. A touching and sad write Andy.

            • Goldfinch60

              So true Jayasree, thank you.


            • Thekkinkkattil

              Nostalgic. We do miss the old Andy

              • Goldfinch60

                Yes we do miss the old but we must still move forward into our glorious future TKKK.


              • L. B. Mek

                the worst aspect of Time, for me
                is its lulling lope of indifference
                if I close my eyes
                I'm back, to that childhood field trip
                begging for the day to end
                yearning for that something, I urgently
                couldn't wait, to begin
                and yet, dear Poet
                I remember the long day
                but forget, what it was I was so desperate
                to rush towards...
                that's what Time steals from us
                (in my humble opinion)
                our inability to realise, in the moment
                what we're truly wanting to achieve or experience
                and so, as my ears bring back
                that incessant train track, drum line
                of regret's heartbeat - I too, listen and sigh
                wishing, wondering: will today be another one
                I will allow, to pass-by
                without realising, what I really cherish
                in my now of life?
                (such a deeply contemplative write Andy
                had me rambling-on, in this haphazard comment
                forgive me)

                • Goldfinch60

                  No forgiveness required Mek ramble away to your hearts delight.


                • Doggerel Dave

                  I have memories of steam train travel as a kid, I worked with them later in Oz and on visits to the UK have sought out steam rides when I could. For me there’s something mystical in that kind of steel creation (I love Victorian engineering).

                  The irritating thing is that a small corner of my mind cannot erase an image of the way those iron horses came to degrade and pollute pristine countryside as the rail network was developed….

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thanks Dave. I can see where you are coming from on both accounts, Nature always seems to suffer.


                  • Accidental Poet

                    Very relatable of old songs and memories Andy. But I believe you have a beautiful Angel by your side who loves you very much. 💕

                    • Goldfinch60

                      So true AP, she is always there at my side.


                    • ron parrish aka wordman

                      sometimes we look back and see things in a different light

                      • Goldfinch60

                        We surely do Ron.


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