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Soldier With 'spangles'. (Early 70's)

They waited on
a chill wet day
for the Bedford
train while it rained,
rained, then it came.

Ta ta - ta tah! (like a train)

Dewy, sodden;
'Flitwick station! '
Her long lank hair
with sister fair
climbed into there.

Ta ta - ta tah!

What a relief!
Smoke hung and dank,
leather laced boots,
kit bags; troop train,
damp - drizzling rain.

Ta ta - ta tah!

Hands held tight as
darkened carriage
crept lazily
towards the light
saw the soldier.

Ta ta - ta tah!

The soldier in
the corner seat
girls' eyes like orbs;
diagonal.
Unwrapped 'spangles'.

Ta ta - ta tah!

Decision quick:
phit, fast, threw, flew
through time and space;
ace! In lap flat!
Well, that was that.

Ta ta - ta tah!

They mouthed their thanks,
warm, tang, shared sweet
remembrance.
On on, towards
Ireland's troubles.

Ta ta - ta tah!

September 2006

After 'The wind that shakes the barley' a film by Ken Loach.
For Julie.

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Comments (4)

clever words, well placed, thankyou for this, Love duncan X
Gillian I love trains and I love this poem - it captures a moment vividly. (I also miss spangles -mmm!) Egal...
I agee with patricia - a really good read making some interesting points too, Thanks for this, Steve
Enjoyable read! Well done