. By Waterloo Station I sat down and thought (on a bench not too far from the turbulent stream) of Edwardian London’s once dominant port, and of trains puffing by, empowered by steam. The air was polluted by sulphur and soot, the era of hansoms and carts would soon pass, the populace mostly traversed upon foot, while cars were the realm of the privileged class. Of headgear---like toppers and bowlers and boaters--- the age of King Edward the Seventh was known; its corseted women aspired to be voters and seeds of a world conflagration were sown. __This city of spectral, historical shades, __no matter its present, its past never fades. . First published on the Inter-Board Poetry Competition (IBPC) Site . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles.