Strangers on the train

The train shows how we changed the world since then
but do you care much, hidden in your book?
You travel best without having to look
at landscapes being filled with filth of men.
I notice that you lick your lips at times
and watch you smile because of prose you read.

Then there’s a second, where our eyes do meet.
You speak. “I don’t like poetry that rhymes,”
you say. “Do you?” and I search in my mind
to find an answer that is true yet kind
as you have eyes that make me love this train.

“I do at times,” I say, then you read on.
The splendor of the moment now is gone,
the world has changed some more and we have rain.

Comments on: "Strangers on the train" (10)

  1. Wonderfully sensitive again. ‘as you have eyes that make me love this train.’ Such an intriguing line. Well done.

  2. Ina,

    I really, really love this poem so much!!

    And I love trains too, and love observing people who are travelling on them.

    Like David, I also love the line he refers to. The whole poem has an intrigue about it.

    Love and hugs

    Christine xx

    • Hi Christine, thank you very much for you kind comment! 🙂

      I also like taking trains as it is far more relaxing than being in a car! And sometimes you meet interesting, funny or wonderful people that way. The downside is, that the landscape is not always nice, as trains go through industry areas. So reading is a good option 🙂

      Love and hugs xx


  3. Wonderful poem, Ina! I love this so much, and the last line is perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Nothing like words to shatter an illusion!

  5. I love poems like this which capture the essence of a moment.




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