Off The Rails – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – What A sight

Photo: Old rail line near Bonnie Rock

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” Lin Yutang

Off The Rails

What a sight this happenchance,
no more the corporate sea of
smoke and steam or voices echoing 
through this once vale of life in
this distant place of hardships
now erased as nature grips the
demons of steel by the throat,
all the while laughing at the thought
of progress in a place so fragile
where life so quickly goes
off the rails.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under bush walking, community, Country, environment, Free Verse, history, life, nature, poem, quote

35 responses to “Off The Rails – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I like the way nature reclaims her territory over time…erasing human encroachment.
    Perhaps reminding us She could do quite well without us.

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  2. What a tale that photo tells – your poem does it justice. I feel as if we were on the same track (pun unintended) today with our posts.

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  3. Love the quote and your poem.

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  4. I love your response to the prompt photo! Here is northern New England, it’s surprising how fast the forest reclaims what is rightfully hers after people have given up on the rocky soil and moved away.

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  5. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    This one is a dandy, nice pic to complement it. Shared,

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  6. Amy

    Places can be fragile and many hav,e been off the track. Well said, Paul.

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  7. I am thinking about that Ozzy Osbourne song Crazy Train now.

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  9. “as nature grips the
    demons of steel by the throat,”

    Well said, Paul.

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  10. A great poem for the image, Paul.

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  11. Dont say too loud nature can heal herself without help of us humans. She could hear and we could become great trouble. 😉

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  12. lync56

    I love this photo and the poem is amazing



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