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The Ghost Train

                         The Ghost Train

North Wind, it was a howling, the sky was black as guilt
Malevolent the sheen, where upon her  moonbeams spilt
Through the murky distance, her belly glowing bright
Roaring down the line, she was roaring down the line
Charging down the line, the Ghost Train rolls tonight

She glides along the platform, where haunted faces wait
With dreams of grand ambition, that only she can slate
The driver in his blood red suit, turns a skeletal grin
Toward the hungry hopefuls, then ushers each one in

From store to fire, his actions deft
The fireman twisting on his plate
Stokes  the engine right to left
He fuels the fire of fate

He mutters and stutters, “We can’t be late”
For time is money and money won’t wait
With shovels full of human desire
He fuels the fire of hate

The whistle cord is pulled, the flag flutters all clear
The engine she is plied, starts the journey into fear

On it goes a rumbling, 
On it’s round iron feet
Inside the folk are tumbling
From every leathered seat

Amid the laughter and the chants
What life, what love, what times
Everyone is held entranced
By ghostly railway lines

Tittle tattle chatter, ash from the chimney pours
Natter rattle clatter, onward the Ghost Train roars

Strange games are played
Some win some lose
Sincere thank you’s become mislaid
As each the other use

Beneath the load the earth she quakes
As all aboard debauch
Done deals and shady handshakes
On every carriage porch

Kerching-kerching-kerching, the till bell rings
More-more-more, the engine softly sings

From store to fire, his actions deft
The fireman twisting on his plate
Stokes the engine, right to left
He fuels the fire of fate

He mutters and stutters, “we can’t be late”
For power is waiting and power is great
With shovels full of human remains
He fuels the fire of hate 

In never ending search, she roams across the land
Controlled by the evil, of the blood red suited hand
Through the murky distance, her belly glowing bright
Charging down the line, the Ghost train rolls tonight

If it pulls into your station
Will you jump upon its frame?
Will you lose all inhibition?
On your way to wealth and fame

For when the ride is done
There’s no-one else to blame
If you find you become
Another furnace flame.

Copyright © Richard D Seal


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  1. Date: 1/31/2016 9:28:00 AM

    Good morning Richard.
  1. Date: 1/25/2016 10:01:00 AM

    I was hoping for a new one but this is definitely worth reading again.
  1. Date: 12/31/2015 8:32:00 PM

    The poem fed me with imaginations...nicely written Richard
  1. Date: 12/30/2015 3:59:00 PM

    Epic it is, Richard...Happy New Year ~LINDA~
  1. Date: 12/20/2015 10:38:00 AM

    Dropping by to say hello.
  1. Date: 12/16/2015 6:42:00 PM

    Hi Richard, I enjoyed reading this one again. I would like to also wish you a Merry Christmas.
  1. Date: 12/7/2015 11:54:00 PM

    You always were good at these epic writes, Richard. You still got it. Congrats.
  1. Date: 12/6/2015 2:27:00 PM

    Congrats, Mr Seal.....fantastic write and win.
  1. Date: 12/6/2015 9:17:00 AM

    One of your best Richard! Reading the comments I also see you one a contest. Congratulations!
  1. Date: 12/3/2015 11:06:00 AM

    Congratulations on your placement in the contest...
  1. Date: 12/3/2015 7:21:00 AM

    congrats :-)
  1. Date: 12/3/2015 6:44:00 AM

    Congratulations on the placement of the contest Richard.
  1. Date: 12/3/2015 4:04:00 AM

    Brilliant write Richard.. congrats on great win!
  1. Date: 12/2/2015 11:34:00 PM

    awesome... SKAT
  1. Date: 12/2/2015 8:29:00 PM

    Congrats on your win!...A fine work!!!
  1. Date: 12/2/2015 5:11:00 AM

    Fuels the imagination....