Ghost like the silent mists
Eerie creeping calm
Lovers platform kissed
Parted to be soon gone.

Travel for now boarded
At throttle head control
Quiet custom afforded
Signaled the ‘Highball’

Throttle opened gentle
Into night mist release
Testing of the mettle
Man and iron beast

Mists were like fingers
Eerie calm, yet stilled
Ghosted spirit lingers
Shivers on spine chilled

Headlamp shining brightly
Bell ringing loud
Unmatched unsightly
Mists of silent shroud

Rivulets of moisture
Scheduled speed increase
Mainline unseen obscure
Perspired nerves release

Tons of iron lighted
Dancing along the rail
Menaced laughs frighted
Ghost fears, the silent wail!

Speeding headlong
Straining to observe
Focused attempt strong
See the next blinded curve

Imagined was the laughter
Sweat trickled down my spine
Unseen spirits mocked after
Fears of the unseen mainline

Whistle posts sudden appear
Whistle chord blown with might
Sweat ’pon the handle here
Unconcealed fright

Mists of fog defeating
Laughter heard in dread!
Ghost like most fleeting
Observed the signal red!

Have you ever known fear?
Tasted unsavoured chalk?
Sweat designed to cool dear,
Cold on humanity frail mock?

Held in the balance,
Trusted many souls relaxed?
Upon the rails speeded dance,
Where all might is but taxed?

Thoughts are fleet
Moments second guessed
Decisions swift to greet
One gives it all, their best!

Full applied, sparks on the steel!
Brakes, with prayers unspoken,
But heard in spirited zeal!
Slowly, halting, a token…

Shuddered at the stillness
Stopped wee train in time
Schedules appeared a mess
Safe all in perfect ryhme.



Forest, Canada

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