“Steam Train” by Howard Fogg.‘The Train of Thoughts Returns to Tradition’ by David Watt The Society November 13, 2017 Beauty, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 8 Comments With sun seductive, blinding, thoughts of open rail reminding Of adventures held in albums, slightly faded, fondly worn; I departed with a vision magnified through time’s revision, Of idyllic destinations, perfect sunsets, youth reborn. But the way ahead, ‘though long, found no wonders quite as strong As those seen many years ago on train-trip holidays, To mountains awe-inspiring, raging ocean terrifying – No different now, yet strangely bland to middle-aged ways. If only we could baggage thrills of childhood, give them carriage On way to destinations viewed in adulthood, as balm; For senses dull and weary, blunted by conventions dreary – Delivering those feelings brakes and buffers cannot calm. Then true appreciation, riding rails of inclination, Could undo with arriving gleam of eye, unfettered mind, The harm of education’s classic virtue limitations; Revisiting by means of steam a world thought left behind. David Watt is a writer from Canberra, the “Bush Capital” of Australia. He has contributed regularly to Collections of Poetry and Prose by Robin Barratt. When not working for IP (Intellectual Property) Australia, he finds time to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of traditional rhyming poetry. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) 8 Responses David Hollywood November 13, 2017 Marvelous. Takes me right back. Lovely atmosphere to this poem, with an echo of the future I had. Thank you. Reply David Watt November 14, 2017 Thank you David. I appreciate your comment concerning atmosphere. Reply NeoOvid33 November 13, 2017 Brave and well composed. It reminds me of the rhythm found in Poe’s Raven. Reply David Watt November 14, 2017 Thank you for your generous comparison. I attempted a form which might highlight the train’s rhythm. Reply William Ruleman November 13, 2017 I really like this one too: the internal rhymes, the suitably rollicking train-carriage rhythms, but most of all the wistful longing expressed. Reply David Watt November 14, 2017 Thank you William. Train travel is for me an exhilarating tradition, wistfully reminding of those other traditions we must preserve, including education in Classical forms. Reply James Sale November 15, 2017 Yes, a lovely rhythm to this and extremely pleasing ideas – like it very much. Reply David Watt November 15, 2017 Thank you very much James. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.