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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Going Loco

Jingle Poetry
Poetry Potluck Monday Week #14 THEME: Pastimes, Passions, Hobbies, Entertainment
This is dedicated to my husband who wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but a railway timetable in his fist. He's a true railway enthusiast.

I tried to emulate the rythym of the trains as WHAuden did in his Night Mail poem.
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  1. I really like your poetry Madeleine.

    Nicely done!


  2. oh I get it, I was thinking of the spanish loco as in crazy, so when i saw your title I thot "oh dear what's wrong with Madeleine" but then I see you are talking about the locomotive.

  3. Thanks Michael. Are you a railway enthusiast?

    LOL! Jo, well as a psychology graduate I suppose you could image I could have a passion for locos :O)

  4. Lovely poem. I enjoyed this. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Have a great day!

  5. Are you into trains? I have a couple of sons who love, love trains.

  6. Oh wow!! I can feel the chug-chug and hear the woo-hoo!!!! just from your poem!! Brilliant! Take care

  7. Lovely your poem Madeleine - MWM and I love trains too. :)

  8. Thanks everyone.
    It's my hubby who loves trains, hence the references to 'masculine scales','red blooded males' and 'elite group of men'.:O)

  9. Lovely poem!

    I love locos, too. When I lived in Poland, I took them all the time. They are so cheap there!

  10. Great poem! Hope you're having a great day!

  11. What a beautiful poem. Love the line: Great expectation. That's what many feel when they travel by train. Too bad we don't travel that way more often.

  12. I think this is one of your best!

  13. I too thought the "loco" referred to someone MAAAAAD; but I get it now -- and I like your poem!

  14. outstanding..
    thanks for the support...


  15. Hello,

    after reading your comment, I looked at the entries, TRUE. u r right, not many write for the theme...

    The theme comes from Amanda/Kavita, I initially did not intend, thus we combined and allow theme entries and poems unrelated to the theme entries...

    If you wanted to visit a few poets whose entries are theme related, here is what I recommend by random:

    #8, #23, #25, #33, #96, #113, #131, #139, and #164...

    Happy Wednesday!
    I saw your post and thought that it would be great to have it read by potential participants..
    love your theme take.
    always artistic and entertaining.

  16. Thanks guys I'm chuffed to bits (sorry about the pun!)
    Thanks Jingle will check out those other entries :O)

  17. Madeleine, I love this. I live near the Truckee River in Reno and the train skirts along it on its way across the country. The sounds and vibrations have become a part of my life and you recreate it so well.

  18. COMMENT LEFT BY Amy Barlow Liberatore http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/
    Your take on trains (and the men who love them, and the women who do, too) could not be better for me - my great-grandfather, Will Dunn, was a conductor in the old days of steam engines crisscrossing the country, hobos atop, the whole bit. So I simply loved your poem. Will send this to your email address so you can cut and paste the comment part if you wish. Peace and WHOOOOO WHOOOOOO! clickety clack, Amy (PS Have you heard Louis Jordan's "Choo Choo Choo-Boogie"? Check out You Tube or ITunes - it would fit this to a "T."

  19. I enjoyed the loco poem, but like a few others I at first thought of crazy for loco... LOL.. I remember my first train ride when I was about 13 years old or theres about. My cousin and I took it to visit her sister and my sister for a week-end. Many fond memories of that week-end.

  20. I love the sound of a train, so distant and forlorn. Thanks for this.

  21. Thanks again to everyone for your lovely comments. I'm so pleased it evoked the sounds and nostalgia of steam trains for you all perhaps I should write another one about mad people. LOL! :O)

  22. Hi Madeleine .. I love the two videos .. great & I'll read them to my mother sometime - when she's awake .. she'll love them.

    Your poem too - congratulations .. fun and a wonderful thoughtful gift for your husband .. cheers Hilary


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