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Bored caring
Youth spent

Observed thrill
Packages carried
Smile no drill
Life not warried.

Genuine smile
Reciprocated same
Contented Lady
Boarded train.

Time permit
Collect fare
Soul fire lit
Calm aware.

Counting tickets
Rythm of track
Passing thickets
Perceived attack.

Lady Spirit
Kind in eye
Much of wit
No pretense try!

To workers kind
Aboard the train
Contented mind
Place to obtain.

Journeyed well
Destination impart
Sweetest smile
New thought...start....

Joined: 11/2/2007
Msg: 77
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/6/2007 11:53:07 PM
I liked that short story back one TNT. Said a lot. And hey Bob's are dime a dozen and not one of them could find their way to the florist.. But unfortunately so often so true.
Joined: 12/24/2006
Msg: 78
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/6/2007 11:55:19 PM
wow. A train thread. This is from a song i wrote in my teens... a train song

When you live beside the train
You could die miles away
I can’t live with you again
Please don’t ask me to stay
Cause I gotta move along
I gotta move right along
When you live beside the train
you can always hear
that lonesome song.
When you hear that whistle blow
and that rumble from the ground
Lord you know I'm gonna go
Don't depend on me being around
Cause I gotta move along
I gotta move right along
When you live beside the train
you can always hear that lonesome song.
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 79
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/7/2007 12:22:10 AM
Welcome Aboard!

Salty: Thank You for Your kind coincidence I suppose that 'bob' is something fisherpersons! Sincerest thanks! Patrons eagerly seek Your further poetic renderings!

Thank You!

Ravincause: Sincerest welcome! Your poem personally touched me with regard to memories of connected rails: tracks ripped up, trains disappearing, one person vehicles....relationship parody....that lonesome whistle song.

Thank You!
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 80
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/13/2007 11:51:53 PM
Station stop to soldiers there
Polished shined exteriour
Strict and proud with discipline
Share heart with but only 'kin'.

In parlour car to enjoy
Relaxed comradeship employ
Heart wrenched tears expose
With comrades experience chose.

Soldiers focussed heart true
Consciencious to duty due
Rowdy thought by some on train
Perceiving not sacrifice of pain.

Conductor turns an eye, not blind
To Steward says 'Be those kind'
Comfort in bed when done
Enjoyment have Our soldiers won.

In respected Honour of Soldiers.
 Eye Guy
Joined: 10/1/2006
Msg: 81
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Posted: 11/15/2007 3:53:34 PM
High Speed Trains around the Globe

Always a race for the fastest trains by Germany, France, and Japan.

Ticket to ride the fastest train in the world
Almost Like winning the lottery.... almost.
I had a grin on my face you couldn’t wipe off with a shovel.

Year 1989…Paris…
Traveling by rail to go to the Cannes Film Festival
The day before, Watching French TV
News just announced today's train run test
Engineers aboard clocked speed of 500 kph (310mph)

Wow, Can’t wait for tomorrow…
Yeah, I got a window seat.
Hey, no seat belts?
Can’t really see the telephone poles flying by,
Everybody is quiet, looking out the windows.

The hills in the far away distance are really marching on.
How fast are we going?
Conductor told us we were only traveling at 187 mph today.
Didn't want to frighten the passengers.
Humph…Only 187 ? Why so slow?…I’m just kidding.
Champaign at 187...I'll drink to that.

I remember riding on the last Wabash Cannon Ball
Headed to St Louis, a long time ago…
rocking along at eighty mph.
Sipping a Mountain Dew
That was exciting too.
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 82
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/15/2007 5:18:38 PM
Welcome always, Eye Guy:

It is be most cool to receive Your perspectives from the train's 'head end.' Always welcome: at the throttle, or to relax and ride!

Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 83
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/15/2007 8:41:44 PM
'Wee One'

Wee One with gold locks of hair
Enthralled to see train go by there
Excitement rush in heart content
Much of Her leisure time spent.

Schedules knowing and locale
Something made Her heart pall
The track a washout rail bent!
Message to crew must be sent!

Wee One with gold locks of hair
Ran east to Westbound most aware
Flagged Her dress with all She had
Engine crew seen most glad.

With screeching brake
Eyes seen in heart to ache
Golden One is honoured true
Heartfelt by that westbound crew.
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 84
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/15/2007 9:28:19 PM
'Stopped at a siding'

While stopped here at the siding waiting for express trains to pass, passengers and crew need not be alarmed: the train continues. To pass the time, perhaps we might revisit 'Content' I know, a poem already seen: but expanded upon in intended thought...

'What about a beer!' Heard from patron in back.
'Steward. Please give that person a beer with my compliments.'


Complacent job becomes routine
Bored but not with passengers seen
Dwelling in personal emotion thought
Loss of youth the battles fought.

Older Lady with hair of gray
Spark of eye board train today
Packages bright and bags carry
No need of Porter to ferry.

Seated at the aisle seat
Position did not Her eye defeat
Enjoyed the scene with craning neck
From crew and all She earned respect.

Enjoyed the journey infectious smile
Gave cause to personal reflect awhile
Sincerest sweet content smile impart
Personal reflection on new journey start..


Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 85
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/21/2007 11:45:07 PM
'What a trip'

Shining admired on steel blue
Board locomotive invited crew
Throttle eased to power felt
Secret card of fate dealt.

Exhilerated power of speed
Adrenelin excitement feed
Scenery sweet panoramic view
Subtle perception power mistrue.

With open door gazed out to obtain
Streamlined beauty following train
From view to rear curve not seen
Tossed held only by grab irons clean.

Regaining balance climbed back in cab
Rocked G-force another stab
Face first close to ballast past
Upside down clung by toes fast!

What a ride 'though scared to wit
Force thrown clear to tumble after bit
Dusted off with but minor scar
Watched streamliner vanish far..

What a trip...
 Eye Guy
Joined: 10/1/2006
Msg: 86
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Posted: 11/22/2007 10:56:23 AM
U.S.A…. Train Talk
Amtrack Ridership Up

High gas prices, discouraging lot of travelers from getting behind the wheel.

Amtrak expects a 70 percent increase in passengers compared to a regular Wednesday.
They say about 115,000 people will hop on board today.
In all, the rail system will carry 600,000 more passengers compared to last year's
Thanksgiving week. Compared to a regular week,
Amtrak ridership will increase 30 percent

Japan, train news…
Despite its maiden voyage at 6AM on Sunday,
the first public N700 drew quite a crowd.
1300 passengers enjoyed the 342 mile trip to Tokyo from Shin-Osaka Station,
Two hours and twenty five minutes—five minutes shorter than previous trains.

If that doesn't impress you,
bear in mind the N700 covers the ground almost half as fast as an airplane.
Without limiting its speed, the N700 is capable of 186mph.

It will barrel between Tokyo and Hakata in four hours and 50 minutes, saving about 10 minutes.
It is the first bullet train revamp in eight years, since the original Type 700 was introduced in 1999.

Now to Germany…Train news
Train in Germany was brought to a shuddering halt when a soccer ball
flew from a nearby pitch and disabled the locomotive's brakes, police said on Tuesday.

"The ball directly hit the brake pipe between the locomotive and the first wagon
and undid it, leading to a loss of pressure," said a spokesman for police in the western city of Muenster.
"This caused the train to brake automatically."

This story reflects poorly not only on the durability of Germany's trains,
but also on the accuracy of its soccer players.

Back to the U.S.A. Train News
A man was struck and killed early Tuesday by a New Jersey commuter train
A second train, sent to pick up passengers stranded from the first train,
hit and killed someone else, authorities said.
Luckily, a third train was not needed to pick up passengers on the second train,
which kept on going.
Hmmm…Was this a case of “Hit and Run” after hitting some one so dumb?
Bad joke…

Sorry about that…
Do I have compassion for people standing on the track
Looking out the locomotive window
Cussing under my breath at this insanity
Ringing the bell, blowing the whistle
There they stand, some times they just sat
Close your eyes, you don’t want to see that.

200 ton locomotive vs 200 lb man
Hot brakes grabbing screaming steel
What do I feel
Oh my God….

I wanted to drive this train
Cause I thought it would be fun
Wish you didn’t want to commit
“Sewer-pipes” on my daily run

Thinking about a much earlier railroad experience.

This is a true story I haven’t told for forty years
In fact I didn’t tell my mother until
I was forty years old.

Walked a full mile every day to school
Never had any money for the city bus.
Stopping at my best buddy’s house
at the half way point to warm up.

Together we walked a couple of blocks and a
Car full of kids stopped, driven by a older school chum.
Think there was already seven kids in the car,
but we crawled in over top of every body in the back seat
of that old four door sedan.
Because, that’s what kids do.

This street follows along side the tracks for the next half mile
Then a sharp left turn, and bounce over the tracks at the school yard.
Guess nine teenage kids can be awful noisy.
We didn’t see or hear the train.

The engine’s coupler punched through the driver’s seat door
That hard slam rocked the car back against the engine
At a half way roll over angle, all four car tires up in the air
We were a quarter mile past school
when we crawled out of that wreck

We stared at each other,
We were so tightly packed, no-one got hurt
If anyone pissed them selves, nobody noticed
Look at the Engine driver looking at that crumpled car

We took off running to school
before the cops got there.
We knew we were going to be in trouble
We are going to be late to school

Out teacher wouldn’t let us in class
“Your late, go to the councilor’s office”
“We got hit by the train.”
She didn’t believe us.
“Your late, go to the councilor’s office”

Councilor read us the riot act
“Late again”
“But We got hit by the train.”
“Not going to put up with your atti”
“We got hit by the”
No broken bones, no torn clothes,
do you expect me to believe that?”
“We got hit”
“This tardiness won’t be excused”
“The very next time….
Now get to your class.
And I don’t think your going to pass…”

We walked down the hall to class.
“You know, next time we are late,
We can tell him it was a plane crash!”

Happy Thanksgiving
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 87
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Posted: 11/28/2007 2:16:24 AM
eye Guy:

Lol. Welcome. Lets hope for no further crash! lol.


Layed over in Mason Ohio
Leisure desired to heart glow
On excursion train to Lebanon
With friend met night previous on.

Train depart Mason with ancient car
Destination 'Lebanon' mile not far
Thrilled in heart to railroad sound
Rembrance in my soul abound!

Aboard the 'Indiana & Ohio'
Short line aboard travelled slow
Open gondola at rear of train
Assault pleasant on all senses gain!

Alas, What! All must disembark
Last to leave is I train stark
Boarded again on 'I & O'
Passenger talk contented flow.

From Lebanon to journey end
Not forgotten my ol' friend
Thrilled in heart this ol' lad
Rekindled in fond memories had!
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 88
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Posted: 11/29/2007 7:53:29 PM
Welcome gitstitus:

Interesting: subtly humourous.


Stretching to infinity
Parallel illusion be
Formed at horizon
Together one.

Steel on steel shined upon
Shimmering blue rails
Reflect illusion
Blue pales...

Steel on steel shined
Shimmering sunset
Briefly reflects lined
Returns to yet...

Steel on Steel shines reflect
Blue moonlight circumspect
That parallel illusion be
Deception eye chose not to see.
Joined: 11/2/2007
Msg: 89
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Posted: 11/30/2007 12:02:56 AM
Twin trails that never meet
Travelling side by side into eternity
Ever present entity
Yet never touched
Never held
Though distance travelled far
And merely seen
A travelling companion shiny clean
Until that lonely junction

(story line?)
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 90
The Train Journey
Posted: 11/30/2007 1:53:53 AM
Hey Salty!

Always glad to see You! Enjoyed 'Twin trails'.

The Two Together Through Train?


Together parallel fraternal share
Belted to ties support each there
Anticipate each comfort obtain
Connected from the passing train!

Rumble sensed both deep within
Journey repeated again begin
Rail united steel axle electrified
Connected power signals warn implied!

Together rested and always there
Respecting distance with great care
Connected more than but passing train
Shared has each separate experience gain.

Two rails connect beyond the eye
In more than train just going by
Those rails respect each of that team
Each other more than passing dream!

Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 91
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Posted: 12/30/2007 4:33:55 PM
'End of Track'

End of track
Building line still
Tommorow be back
Labour at Foreman will.

Boisterous begin
Day's end at the line
Paradox relaxation in din
Dancing to song with woman n' wine.

Track work to start
On 'morrow sunrise
Building on must depart
Progress through labour tries.

New end of track
Partying still
Tommorow back
'Glad when this line is through!
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 92
The Train Journey
Posted: 1/2/2008 9:17:16 PM

Familiar seen at end of train
Common in song refrain
Last at beginning end
Long lost cherished Friend.

Poetic trailing that caboose
Encouraging expression loose
Locomotive spewing exhaust
Poetic on caboose not lost.

Through the mountain
Experience gain
Eye strain
At back of train.

Familiar seen admired refrain
Poetic admiration obtain
Marker lamps at end of train
Remembrance of Bobby7 last refrain.
Joined: 11/12/2007
Msg: 93
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Posted: 1/2/2008 10:16:14 PM
Bobby train 7
start off slow rail to rail
engine surging to climb that hill
surging,gasping,fighting to climb
reach the peek,smile ...
Your safe at home
YOU climbed that hill
Bobby train7 ... memories last
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 94
The Train Journey
Posted: 1/2/2008 11:14:17 PM

Welcome aboard, Friend.
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 95
The Train Journey
Posted: 1/4/2008 11:15:45 PM
Wedding Train

Flowered line sweet perfume
Fragance nervous of the groom
Mists of doubt creep in eery silence
Organ plays death march to finance.

Coal dust upon the white church floor
Radient black clothed assembled adore
Virgin bride white dark robes flowing
Hypocrysy hailed from puppet bestowing.

Left side filled and opposite bare
Testimony from assembled there
Charged from oaths from whom knows
Resplendent black beyond white clothes.

Wedding train white spewing smoke
Coal dust misted throughout that spoke
But, oh! The plume of beauty blackest train!
Mists still linger...coal dust ..wondor at again.

What a train glamour black entrance
Mysterious express train of chance
What a ticket! What a ride!
Alone on platform..sighed...


What a trip
Glad that's over
Black taste of clover.

Sweet black perceived
Left wiser greived
What a trip.

What a f...trip...
Joined: 12/7/2007
Msg: 96
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Posted: 1/5/2008 12:08:46 AM
Ummmm!!!!!!!!!!! TNT swore!
Well almost

Nice write TNT. Havent visiting for a while
That one had a few nice twists in it..

 autumn fantasy
Joined: 2/6/2007
Msg: 97
The Train Journey
Posted: 1/5/2008 10:32:43 AM
Poems That Rhyme, Please
Posted: 8/26/2006 543 PM
Poetry Express
by Bobby7

While Sharon visits Ronnie. I can live it up in style.
And concentrate on poetry, that hasn't happened for a while.
The computer room's quite messy, strewn papers all around.
As I conjure up the magic words, buried here, on hallowed ground.

I've no wood to build a fire, and the room has grown quite cold.
And what's that, on my sandwich? My God...It looks like mould.
The cats are scratching at the door. When's the last time they've been fed?
If Sharon sees her starving beasts, then, I might as well be dead.

A poet's world's a jumble of frustration, sweat, and pain.
As they coax the blessed/cursed pen, and, sometime. all in vain.
And just when they've abandoned hope, and sunk into despair.
The magic words, come floating in, like that!...As if on air.

I can sit, and write and find no rhyme, and then, try and try again.
But to get it right, I need a ride on the Struggling Poet's Train.
If I tried explaining people who don't write.
I'd be wasting time, and maybe rhyme, though, I could prattle half the night.

The Poet's Train's a state of mind attained by very few.
It rushes in to Poet's Square, with words and rhyme anew.
Its whistle's not a mournful sound, no, not to those who wait.
To pick and plunder poetry, that it carries in its freight.

And so, as I await the Train, and the words I hope to find
I sit here like an imbecile, a vacuum for a mind.
But wait, what’s that I hear, the Train is pulling in.
And yes! It brought me what I need, so I can write again.

At last I have the words I sought, and I really must confess
I wept for joy to find them there, on the Poetry Express.
And now I must clean up this house, and put my pen away.
My poem is done,
The Train is gone.

And, the wife comes home today...
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Msg: 98
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Posted: 1/5/2008 7:25:10 PM

Salty...sorry for 'almost'! Glad to see you!

Autumn Fantasy...awesome write! Nice tribute, well received. Poetic expression missed........a lot.
Joined: 1/1/2007
Msg: 99
The Train Journey
Posted: 1/6/2008 8:53:22 PM
'Little Lights'

Marked upon at end of train
Beginnings borne of coal oil flame
Last of only to shed light rear
Subtle lighted end clear.

Not a headlamp
Proud and bright
Belching steam n' smoke
Subtle welcome little light.

End of train all is clear
Lighted cabin of warmth endure
Whipped about at end of train
Comfort travel from obtain.

When belching steam
And passing gas seen bright
Vanish with wisps of lying dream
Little caboose seen trailing marker light.
Joined: 11/30/2007
Msg: 100
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Posted: 1/7/2008 12:53:01 AM
train door slides
whistle cries
quick inside
before it glides

world goes past
painted edges on hazy glass
motions rhythms silent song
plays its tune quick and strong

engine blazing on its task
argent steel hot and fast
brakes strike emanates under
gears awry they reel asunder

fused jet of sparks ignite
blatant flames burning bright
tracks screech with a thunder
silver streaked molten wonder

deafening sounds in the night
end of track looms in sight
train slows whistle blows
embers fleck off dusky coals

doors slide
open wide
step outside
but man, oh man what a ride
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