A whistle, a puff of steam and a smile

Sitting in the sunshine
with a welcome cup of tea
I heard a far off whistle
echoing ‘cross the green valley
And there, across the fields
with a puff of whitened steam
a train left Bodiam station
trundling through the Sussex green

It was a lovely picture
and with my camera close at hand
I made certain that I captured
it’s journey through the land
We watched it as it trundled
disappearing in a while
on its way to Tenterden
leaving us a smile.

©Jemverse

Bodiam station was closed back in 1961 but re-opened in 2000 to become part of the Kent and East Sussex Heritage Railway. The ten-mile stretch of line runs between Tenterden in Kent and Bodiam.

Reflections (old and new)

In the waters of the Irwell
I see old but also new
A Manchester reflection
affords attractive view

Bordering the ancient banks
from an industrial past
Residential money means
the buildings here will last

Yet, despite the glass and concrete
there’s still a vestige there
in the arches of Blackfriars bridge
built with Victorian flair

Reflections of the old and new
Three centuries collide
Yet ‘tho the new has dominance
the old will still abide

©Jemverse

 

%d bloggers like this: