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The Railway Is Expanding

The railway is expanding So the government’s demanding That anything that’s standing In the way must be removed. Remove the stock brick terraces Our family homes and premises For onward comes the nemesis Of all we’ve known and loved. Uprooted oaks and plane trees Will be replaced by steel gantries But what prayers will fill the chantries For the soul that’s being crushed? Only the rapid rattling rale Of the stuttering high-speed rail Will be all that shall prevail Over the nightingale and thrush. While we just keep on pretending That our growth is never-ending, That the world will keep on bending To the might of human power And we keep on moving faster To escape the sure disaster When we find we’re not the master Of this world that we devour. © Barry Freeman 15th May 2021

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Date: 6/21/2021 7:58:00 AM
Congrats on this winner. I once heard a song that went something like this: "Train runs through the middle of the house, middle of the house, train runs through the middle of the house since the railroad bought the land". It is a funny song but it wasn't funny to the people who had to give up much for a little and move on in such of a permanent home. Way to go with this winner. Sara
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Date: 6/11/2021 5:47:00 AM
'And we keep on moving faster To escape the sure disaster When we find we’re not the master Of this world that we devour' Indeed, all the other lines are very beautiful too. Congratulations!
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Date: 5/27/2021 3:24:00 PM
I love your last few lines; there is so much truth behind them. Welcome to the soup. Blessings! - Jacob
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