Thursday, 16 November 2006

This Train

This train does not exist, or
if it does, it does not pass
through major towns or cities.

This train carries only cargo that is safe
or if not safe, unlikely to
explode or give off noxious fumes.

This train does not interest terrorists
and if it does, they cannot damage it
as it is impregnable.

This train is not an embarrassment
to the government, is not illegal,
does not glow in the dark.

This train does not pass
the end of your street.

If you live in the UK, you can find out whether nuclear waste is transported by train through your neighbourhood here.

This poem was slightly influenced by Woody Guthrie's song This Train is Bound for Glory, the lyrics for which are here.

Telling lies for Poetry Thursday.


Catherine said...

Very pointed - and very neatly done.

ren powell said...

In the very spirit of Guthrie!

Anonymous said...

very nice... i did mine here.

JP (mom) said...

Absolutely wonderful take on the writing prompt ... and an important message wrapped in poetry.

madd said...

nicley done protest in poetry..thanks..m

Anonymous said...

Dissembling at its best, and very well constructed. Thanks.

twilightspider said...

I love the contradictions in the first three stanzas that just lead to more lies. So effective.

Unknown said...

My favorite line is the glow in the dark line - it's so odd and yet so descriptive, such a solid, fresh image.

Nice work.

Deb R said...

Oh wow, that's very powerful! Excellent.

Jone said...

Gave me chills.

Anonymous said...

Well donge!

Anonymous said...

See, lying does get at truths.

Anonymous said...

Wow. This is an excellent poem with a pointed message.

At some point you might want to fix the small typo. It should be embarrAssment.

Doe said...

very powerful n' witty! about
the nukes though; you sure
it's not another lie?!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for all your comments and mybackyard, thanks for pointing out the typo!