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."
Memory Rides the Rails
railroad, america, childhood, memory, nostalgia,
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
railroad, native american, war, cousin,
The year 1890
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
Music Take Me Back
railroad, music, nostalgia, song-me, heart,
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...
A Funny Thing Happened On The way To My Hanging -Part Deux
railroad, america, children, family, horse,
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...
railroad, age, introspection, life, repetition,
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...
The High Line
railroad, new york,
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
She Goes Back
railroad, anger, devotion, hope, passion,
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...
January Jest - A Collaboration
railroad, autumn, beach, change, nature,
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...
railroad, autumn, nature, travel,
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...
Little Blue Bird of Rain
railroad, absence, abuse, age, anger,
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
railroad, teen, me, me,
I do not know?
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...
Blanc comme la neige
railroad, angst, art, french, grave,
White like the snow
Ice stiffened limbs
No saviors about
Snow flakes in the wind
I reached and reached and reached
Towards deaths cold hands
Never to see her again
EDGE OF NIGHT
railroad, introspection, 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...
The Highways and the Byways
railroad, adventure, happiness, travel,
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
railroad, emotions, love hurts, metaphor,
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
railroad, family, dance, me, old,
THE DRAGLINE for Pete Brett
One hundred foot boom
The tracks are like
Ones on the tracks of a tank
THE OLD TRACKS
railroad, allegory, angst, appreciation, eulogy,
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,...
The Total Eclipse Experience
railroad, adventure, fantasy, fun, funny,
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.
railroad, anti bullying, courage, faith,
What colours a heart
What colours a mind
What colours a soul
we carry torches
We are the Light
You've Taken Her for Granted
railroad, lost love
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...
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...
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...
A Note From My Elderly Shoe
railroad, age, betrayal, farewell, friendship,
"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.
railroad, community, corruption, extended metaphor,
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...