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Temptation Train: 315 Experiment Poem 8/3/07

December 10, 2007

thought this might be a good one for today’s Polar Express Poetry Train… it’s from the 2007 polar express315 Experiment…while you’re here, hope you will scroll down and read Kathleen Lynch’s phenomenol poem, Impetus, and I posted a brand new poem earlier this week also that I hope you’ll check out!

August 3

Temptation the train whistles
loud long lonely
journeys south to north
jumps out of the way of

fast north south train
moon glides over
bounces off metal, window
once in awhile

Two short whistles
another train sounds
when 3 whistles
all clear? all done? all gone?

The roar of temptation
a buzz at first
grows louder closer
drowns out everything else

Temptation rolled through
I will take its wind now
can stand the rocks
I don’t listen to its siren song

I step out of temptation’s way
roll down the embankment
make it home for dinner
ignore its shrieking brakes

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2007 2:48 am

    Temptation can surely hit you like a train!! And you have to be strong to walk of it someday! Greatly done!

  2. December 10, 2007 2:49 am

    This makes me think of this song we used once in spin class, that was sounds of a train yard or something… trains coming, going, and us pedalling, pedalling like there was no tomorrow… temptation to quit right there but the whistles urging us on…

    Very cool.

  3. December 11, 2007 3:31 am

    moon glides over
    bounces off metal, window
    once in awhile

    great 3:15 poem, Gwendolyn. I don’t think I’ve read this one before.

    love this too

    Temptation rolled through
    I will take its wind now

    I am often tempted by trains… to ride off…

    (good to be back, btw)

  4. December 11, 2007 12:56 pm

    Loved this. It is a thoughtful poem.

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