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My Railway Lines: The Signal Box

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Originally published: 7th August 2020

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Train Sound Effects added 5th April 2020 and obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com.

This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "STRAND COMPLETELY NEW" (18) Poetry Contest and

1st = in B J Legros Kelley's "Railroads, A Historical Glance Back" Poetry Contest. 

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


 

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when industry stood on this soil with chimneys that spewed sweat and toil the furnace fires relied on mines through arteries of railway lines. now looking back to charcoal skies through rosy mists of childhood eyes a line of trucks each filled with rocks crawled slowly past a signal box. the building formed a silhouette that framed a scene I wont forget: the dying of that worldly light was captured there in black and white. I'm standing now where true art stood: in a 'reinvented' neighbourhood where sleepers sleep beneath the grass where once those engines used to pass.

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Date: 11/16/2021 1:18:00 PM
So well expressed, Gary. You've placed the railroad creatively in the historical context of a burgeoning industrial landscape. Congratulations! Brian
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/16/2021 1:47:00 PM
Thank you Brian. There is something so beautiful and romantic for me about steam and industry. Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/16/2021 5:37:00 AM
Beautiful work. "where sleepers sleep beneath the grass" Congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/16/2021 7:27:00 AM
Hi Christuraj, thank you! The line you refer to actually wrote itself :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/16/2021 2:42:00 AM
Congratulations Gary on your top placing win in my poetry contest. If I could give real trophies, you would get a gold for this masterpiece. I am in awe of this poem and have enjoyed reading it to others who all helped me to judge my contest, and every one of them were wowed by this perfect poem. I am honored that you submitted it to my contest! Again, congratulations!
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/16/2021 7:26:00 AM
BJ, I'm blown away by your words - thank you so much to you and your fellow judges. I was an honour to have entered your contest. Judging by the entries that were placed I feel poetry was the winner. Thanks again! Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/6/2021 4:10:00 AM
You have painted a picture with your words. A vivid, three dimensional picture. Even without the added sound I can hear and smell and see. Love this piece.
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/6/2021 4:23:00 AM
Thanks Sarah. It ranks up there with my favourite poems that I've written. Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/17/2020 1:03:00 PM
Love this Gary All hail to progress
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/18/2020 3:11:00 AM
I'll take a look over the next couple of days Christopher. Cheers
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 11/17/2020 2:31:00 PM
Made me or inspired me to write my own poem on this subject called Oh Dystopia paradise 4 a carpark. Maybe check it out if you get a chance please Gary Cheers ta
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 11/17/2020 2:20:00 PM
Yeah really do love it Gary. It struck me straight away . 1st off i thought or it evoked Peeky Blinders style imagery But most of all sleeping beneath where engine's used to pass. Dirty but honest graft. I would have loved to have seen the liverpool shipyards and docks in full flow bustling and bursting with life in there hey day it reminded me of that
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/17/2020 1:20:00 PM
Glad you like it Christopher. It's actually one of my own favourite writes - love railways old and new. Cheers - Gary.
Date: 9/11/2020 6:38:00 AM
I can see why Brian chose this piece. Well done.
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Gary Radice
Date: 9/11/2020 11:16:00 AM
Thank you Richard. I'm absolutely fascinated by trains and find them a great source for my poetry. :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/30/2020 2:27:00 PM
Wonderful nostalgic images, skilfully presented. Having been brought up in the railway town of Swindon in the last days of steam and the old rural slow lines, it brings back many memories. The old signal boxes made an iconic unforgettable image in my mind. Thanks for the reminder
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/30/2020 3:14:00 PM
Thanks for the kind comments Geoffrey. It's funny how that particular steam engine scene of only several seconds has stayed with me for all these years...and how now, years later, it's become a poem. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/12/2020 1:32:00 PM
I love this Gary. Great poetry my friend. Thanks for stopping by a while ago. I'll get my muse back and start writing again. Stay well.. Charlie
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/12/2020 2:16:00 PM
Thank you Charlie. I find the theme of industry - and trains :) - a great source for poetry. I look forward to reading you again soon.
Date: 8/8/2020 8:11:00 PM
Congrats on your win!:)
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/9/2020 1:26:00 AM
Thanking you Brenda! I'm currently reading the list of poems from Brian's competition and am very happy to have been placed. Cheers - Gary
Date: 8/8/2020 5:19:00 PM
Succinct tribute to coal's close impact, and painful joyful departure. A flowing poem, - great work, Gary.
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Gary Radice
Date: 8/9/2020 1:28:00 AM
Hello Sigrid! Thank you for stopping by, reading and leaving your lovely comments. I really appreciate it. Cheers - Gary