Greenlane Poetry

All Saints 3pm
Bad Day
Bar des Sports, Charly-sur-Marne
Before and After the Watershed
Call to Witness
Carte Postale
Charlie
Clerk of Works
Dog in the Night
Easter Saturday at Festubert
Fargate
Force Nine
Forge Island
Four Chimneys
Half Empty
Homeward Bound
In Glen Howe Park
In Provence
Incident
Kilner's Bridge
Last Train
Lilac Time
Magpies
Mungy Lane
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North Line
Nurses
Outfield
Painting By Numbers
Patriots
Per Ardua
Pioneers
Release
Rememberings
Routine Visit
Runner
September
Silent Snakes
Spring Training
Start-1
Students in Crookesmoor
The Don at Swinton
The Festive Season
The Runners in the Fields
The Seasons
Treatment Days
Trips to the Seaside
Up Train
Valley Mist
Weston Park
What Love Is
Winthrop Park

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Up Train

A breathless childhood day of squinting eyes
melted tar and handkerchiefs
fireweed on the siding banks and languid porters
sweating with the mail
a clatter of their crippled trolley wheels
a buzz of flies and bees
the distant hissing steam

Loudspeaker calls for who knows where
and silent groups of travellers open-mouthed
like dazed survivors of a blast emerge
from shade and into glare to scan the rails
that burning moment long ago is but sepia
memory fixed one summer day
the day I went away