Aishwarya, aka, Kitty from Kitty’s Verses, was Colleen’s selection from last month’s challenge. She has provided the photo for this month’s challenge.
I’ve chosen to write a Stacked/Double Inverted Etheree
Twenty lines with a syllable count per line of 10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 syllables per line, which looks like an hourglass when centered on the page.
The track meanders to nowhere special
I imagine places, people, dogs.
The train driver speeding through lunch
I hope he forgives me. If…
I step out, one last step.
Feet, a friend to air
Sigh. The track cries
Stay strong. Fight.
Who I am.
Brought to these tears
Lost. Anxious. Depressed.
Peering up there’s heaven
And down, the track is groaning
Pleading, don’t kiss death. Lucy, live.
I halt! I see them. And who I am.
Family, friends, my dog barking, come home.
© M J Mallon
This poem is inspired by a book I reviewed recently by Jackie Carreira: The Seventh Train. I’d recommend reading it. Here is the link to my review: https://mjmallon.com/2020/08/15/book-review-the-seventh-train-by-jackie-carriera-book-review/
The book touches upon the impact of suicides on train drivers. Hence, the mention in this poem.
A sad topic but an important one to address, particularly during these difficult times.
Remember, if you are ever feeling lost, low or depressed there is always a better day waiting for you in the future. Today might be hard but keep your family and friends close to your heart and always talk through your problems with a friend, family member or counsellor. A problem shared is always halved.
Sending love, hugs and hopes for happy days.
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