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Best Railroad Poems

Below are the all-time best Railroad poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of railroad poems written by PoetrySoup members

Acts of Aggression
         Based on a quote from Watership Down:
"He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running."


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© Lin Lane  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: railroad, war,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member Memory Rides the Rails
Forest fairies changing colors,
autumn's patchwork pattern weaving
in the foggy morning stillness
before winter's barren grieving,
up the river on the damp air,
up hollows through the shadowed vales

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Categories: railroad, america, childhood, memory, nostalgia,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Massacred Nation
The year 1890
December 29th
Wounded Knee, South Dakota
My tribe lost their lives

The USS 7th
On their orders so
To round up the Sioux
Railroad herd them and go

Us Lakota...

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Categories: railroad, native american, war, cousin,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Music Take Me Back
When I'm blue and need something to make me smile
I can turn on my forty fives and listen for a while
Jimmy Gilmer sang about a...

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Categories: railroad, music, nostalgia, song-me, heart,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member A Funny Thing Happened On The way To My Hanging -Part Deux
Dedicated to a fine poet on soup, Lin Lane

I shook hands with my brother and bade him farewell
Then set off on my journey away from...

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Categories: railroad, america, children, family, horse,
Form: Rhyme

Premium Member Realization

At what point do you realize
it’s all moving in the same direction -
in a flowing pulse that cannot be damned, that;
collective hearts do march in...

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Categories: railroad, age, introspection, life, repetition,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The High Line
Elevated railroad tracks
Abandoned long ago
Have been transformed into a place
Where grass and flowers grow.

With benches made of wood or stone
And artwork interspersed,
The desolation and despair

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Categories: railroad, new york,
Form: Rhyme
She Goes Back
She Goes Back
By Lillian J. Jeffrey

Whispers flow like a river
she will be sold
sold or rented like a cash crop

Born on a Maryland plantation
her mother works...

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Categories: railroad, anger, devotion, hope, passion,
Form: Alliteration
Premium Member January Jest - A Collaboration
A collaborative poem, written in renga format, or "linked-verse", by Timothy Hicks and Jesse Whitehead.

Verses in normal font are by me.
Verses in italic are by...

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Categories: railroad, autumn, beach, change, nature,
Form: Rengay
Premium Member Foliage Afire
The very first week of every October
Bright yellow, orange, amber, purple and red
Splash artistry on New Hampshire’s White Mountains
As the tourism season comes to a...

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Categories: railroad, autumn, nature, travel,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member Little Blue Bird of Rain
Little Blue Bird of rain.

Rain, rain go away
Little Blue Bird of Rain, needs to shine again
In her version the sun dried, up all her tears

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Categories: railroad, absence, abuse, age, anger,
Form: Ballad
Runaway Train
The slap of sneakers on concrete,
Fill my ears with hollow sound;
Like my heart it has a beat,
Steady thumps against the ground.
My eyes are wide, to...

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Categories: railroad, teen, me, me,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member Blanc comme la neige
White like the snow

Ice stiffened limbs
Reaching out
No saviors about

Snow flakes in the wind
I reached and reached and reached
Towards deaths cold hands

Never to see her again

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Categories: railroad, angst, art, french, grave,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member EDGE OF NIGHT

On this last railroad journey, all’s ablaze
new stars pulse over veins of feathered trees,
and melt in their faint blinks of night's decrees
they flicker through me...

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Categories: railroad, introspection, night,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member The Highways and the Byways
The Highways and the Byways
By Franklin Price
(Inspired by Nancy McIntyre Stepp)

 The highways and the byways
Of this life in which we've grown
Bring back many memories

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Categories: railroad, adventure, happiness, travel,
Form: Rhyme
Emotional Euthanasia
Got such sharp pain in my heart,
feels like it will never go away
I'm dying on the inside,
sadness eating at my soul like a cancer
Boxes full...

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Categories: railroad, emotions, love hurts, metaphor,
Form: Free verse
The Dragline
THE DRAGLINE  for Pete Brett 

One hundred foot boom 
 7-½-yard bucket 
The tracks are like 
 Ones on the tracks of a tank

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Categories: railroad, family, dance, me, old,
Form: Free verse
In my town and only 90 feet
from my house run a pair of old tracks, 
railroad tracks older than my house, 
even older than me,...

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Categories: railroad, allegory, angst, appreciation, eulogy,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Total Eclipse Experience
Dragon took his penguins aloft to view the eclipse on that fine day.
They were careful to use the special viewing glasses as their mainstay.
The penguins...

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Categories: railroad, adventure, fantasy, fun, funny,
Form: Light Verse
Premium Member Tubman


What colours a heart

What colours a mind

What colours a soul

we carry torches

from station 
to station

We are the Light
We Lead

No colour 
No religion

No epic 

Where is...

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Categories: railroad, anti bullying, courage, faith,
Form: Free verse
You've Taken Her for Granted

You call her without warning, late one Friday night,
She says “Give me half-an hour…,” and she leaves on the light.
‘Comes the morning after, eggs and...

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© Steve Eng  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: railroad, lost love
Form: Ballad
Premium Member A Rural Station

A former place this, a patch where roots rattle,
where stubble has a ferrous frizzle.
A long truncated railroad stop
humming still within a surrogate reality.
As dry voices...

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Categories: railroad, poetry,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member Answering Shriek To My Left
In the woods no right of way, no right to live, no right to play.
I travel quickly, as dusk is beginning. Woods are thick, on...

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Categories: railroad, scary,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member A Note From My Elderly Shoe
"One day while resting in the store,
I saw you striding through the door.
You seemed a kindly youngster who
Would know just how to treat a shoe.

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Categories: railroad, age, betrayal, farewell, friendship,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Baltimore Heat
In heat
the pulse of your streets.

I've heard the crack
of hard political whips
that pinch the air.

Cores of human topography,
your aging neighborhoods.

Your people kick cans
counting gravel like...

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Categories: railroad, community, corruption, extended metaphor,
Form: Political Verse