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Journey Through the Pennines

March 15, 2011

I had another of my work rail journeys today, on the Little North Western over to Lancaster and back.  Although it was a foggy day, there was enough visibility to stimulate a Twitter micropoetry travelogue, which I’ve brought together here.

 

From Shipley to Lancaster

 

sheep tracks ~ carved ~ through tussocks

 

lambs ~ lying down ~ with the crows

 

brought Basho along ~ on this journey through the North ~ the fog will lift soon

 

awaiting first glimpse ~ of broad bay between mountains ~ the tide may be out

 

long curve of the track ~ to join the west coast main line ~ flanges lean squealing

 

having reached the coast ~ I find the sea ~ is out ~ next time ~ I’ll call ahead

 

waves ~ of mud ~ shore ~ to shore ~ treacherous bay

 

the train ~ jumped over ~ the Lune

 

In Lancaster

 

walking ~ down alleys ~ looking ~ for ghosts ~ familar cobbles

 

playground constructed ~ where I used to play football ~ childrens’ enclosure

 

From Lancaster to Shipley

 

grey heron ~ still ~ the river flows

 

running deer ~ looks back ~ passing train

 

somewhere near here ~ Lancashire ~ meets Yorkshire ~ all I see ~ is the North

 

six lambs ~ three ewes ~ busy mothers

 

 

 

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