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Originally published: 21st October 2019

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This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND CHOICE 4" Poetry Contest

1st = in Brian Strand's "ALL YOURS" (Mar 26) Poetry Contest and

Featured in The Poetry Soup Anthology "PS: It's Poetry"

Carnforth railway station, situated in Lancashire, England was featured in the classic 1945 film "Brief Encounter". 


There's a spot on the horizon In the ripple of the sun Where railway lines and stanchions fuse And merge, becoming one. I was staring from the platform When a distant dot appeared. It grew in size and shape and form And sounded as it neared. I caught blurred faces turning As they thundered by so fast To briefly glimpse where strangers met Each Thursday in the past. Back then the steam and music Lit up life's black and white. By tugging strings when love went wrong Rachmaninoff was right.

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Date: 3/15/2022 1:14:00 PM
This brings back lovely memories. We used to catch the train from Skipton to Carnforth. A regular service and quick. Seems things changed when Marples and Beeching arrived on the scene to talk profit and self interest. Tony
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/16/2022 2:33:00 AM
Thanks Tony! We visited Carnforth station some time back just to stand on the platform and breathe in the nostalgia from the film Brief Encounter that was shot there. Don't get me started on Mr. Beeching. :) I wrote a poem about his axe wielding. I detest the actions of the man. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/7/2021 9:12:00 AM
Awesome mix of nostalgia, rhythm and charm. It's a pleasure to find this lovely poem published in the 2020 PS Anthology, Gary~
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/7/2021 1:27:00 PM
Thank you Line. It's one of the first poems I ever wrote and published on PS and remains my most read poem by some way. I love the romanticism of steam. Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/20/2020 9:48:00 AM
Beautifully captured Gary! Linda
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/20/2020 10:46:00 AM
Thanks so much Linda. I'm really glad you liked it. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/20/2020 9:41:00 AM
Nicely done.
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/20/2020 10:44:00 AM
Thank you Richard. I appreciate your comment. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/19/2020 9:47:00 PM
Interesting historical setting. A touching poem.
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Gary Radice
Date: 6/15/2020 4:04:00 PM
Thank you Line! :)
Date: 3/27/2020 6:45:00 AM
This is great stuff. All your stuff is good. It's a pleasure to poke around on this site and find real talent.
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Gary Radice
Date: 3/27/2020 1:12:00 PM
Thanks Eric. I really appreciate your kind comments and I agree with you that there are many fantastic poems up on the PS site. Cheers Gary
Date: 1/24/2020 1:57:00 PM
Ohhhh... Brief Encounter is my favourite film of all time, and your delightful poem took me back to this iconic black and white movie, I could almost hear the mesmerising music of Rachmaninoff, so thank you for that and many congrats on your top place win Gary. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/24/2020 3:23:00 PM
Thank you Ann for your very kind comments. Rachmaninoff certainly stirred up the emotions in the film and played a 'key' part. I visualized the steam trains coming into the station as I stood there on my visit. Gary :)
Date: 1/24/2020 11:59:00 AM
Gary, a delightful read accompanied by a fitting image. I particularly enjoyed the lines "In the ripple of the sun / Where railway lines and stanchions fuse", and "the steam and music / Lit up life's black and white." Congrats on #1 in Brian's contest ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/24/2020 12:55:00 PM
John, I really appreciate your comments. I was blown away with the placement. I just wrote down on paper a few months back what I remember seeing that very hot day in 2009 on a quick visit to Carnforth station. The railway lines and stanchions fusing may also be viewed as a metaphor of sorts for the coming together of the past and the present. Thanks again! Gary :)
Date: 1/24/2020 11:47:00 AM
An amazing piece, Gary, worthy to have garnered its righteous placing -- a personal FAVE -- Aloha, William Kekaula
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/24/2020 1:00:00 PM
William, I'm thrilled that this poem is a personal favourite of yours. It makes this hobby of writing poetry really worth the while. From Liverpool to Hawaii: "Mahalo nui loa ia 'oe!" Gary :)