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One big boom reverberates,
we shelter 'neath the railway bridge,
the swirling wind ensures we get a soaking anyway.
The Croal is roaring well above the watermark,
the nature lover in me hopes the smaller fish 
will beat the flow and seek a sheltered cranny.  
Peewits squeal, and wheel through softened skies, 
as sunshine makes a welcome reappearance.
Drying out, we wait for trains,
our notebooks at the ready.
A record twenty-six come through,
some chug to local destinations, 
others muscle by, non-stop, 
to Carlisle and the Scottish Highlands.
We eat our sandwiches in silence,
underlining names and numbers.
Clambering up the embankment
and skittering down, as gravity 
grabs then releases we fall in a heap, 
and can't wait to do it again!
An impromptu game of catch,
throwing stones instead of tennis balls,
our laughter uncontrollable,
we trip and stagger home.
The warp and weft, the fabric of my youth
still reassures me with these moments of enduring truth.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 8:16:00 AM
    With seeming ease your lovely childhood falls off the the pen of a true poet. A Child's Christmas in Wales comes to mind - one of my favorites. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 11:49:00 PM
    Enjoyed the memory you experess so well here Kieth, a quality write to enjoy..'

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Beauty to be seen, what else, xxx

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 1:26:00 PM
    Kid fun. Unforgettable. Yours were more colorful, more involved than mine. In Denver we counted white sidewalls and loved the ding of the trolley as it clattered by. Good stuff as always, Keith. Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/3/2013 3:48:00 PM
    Keith, your style of writing is so should be published...have you tried???? I am in awe...I feel like I'm watching the old man and the sea every time I read one of your poems...and that's a good thing!