Night Train

Jennifer Martin

                   Night Train

A lonely train, through mist and rain,

pushes through the night.

With axels worn and rails shorn,

it journeys ‘til it’s light.

I lie in wait, anticipate,

the soothing, mellow sound.

The steady beat, as metals meet,

when wheels tumble round.

So forlorn, the distant horn,

yet lovely in its pain.

The haunting cry, drifting by,

my joy will never wane.

    (Jennifer Martin)

  • Author: Jennifer Martin (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 13th, 2021 22:16
  • Comment from author about the poem: From the time I was a small child, the sound of a train in the distance, late at night, has been a source of comfort and delight, even with the odd sense of sadness that has always accompanied these surviving visitors from a bygone era.
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 21


  • Goldfinch60

    That sound from your life will always be with you Jennifer.


    • Jennifer Martin

      Hi, Andy! Thank you for the comment! I certainly hope that those aging trains will continue to bring us joy throughout our lives!

    • L. B. Mek

      there's nothing like that lulling train track, soundtrack
      as an atmospheric backdrop, to our lives
      its dreary monotones tones
      'late at night, has been a source of comfort and delight,'
      to so many..
      (maybe I relate a bit more than most, because I spent a few years working on the trains)
      thanks for sharing, loved the moody feel you cultivated in such a short write

      • Jennifer Martin

        Wow, L.B. Mek! Thank you for your warm and insightful words! How fascinating that you actually worked on trains! No one would know their incredible complexity and historical significance better than you! Thank you so much more sharing!

      • Thekkinkkattil

        I enjoyed the train ride with you. Beautifully penned

        • Jennifer Martin

          Thank you so much fellow passenger and train lover!!!

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