Limerence – Word of the Day
RAG TAG DAILY PROMPT
Paul Gustave Fischer (1860 – 1934) ‘In The Train Compartment’
Everyone smiles as you pass,
your laugh a gentle therapy.
No one ignores you.
Three seats down, side on
if only I could catch your eye, just for me, just once.
Your energy, your hair, that, yes, that curve ...
My pulse is crowding my temples.
My lungs are drawing in fire.
Surely I will cease to exist if I can't speak your name.
Someone speaks ...
My mind is lost, floating.
"Is that seat taken?"
"Oh, no, no ...
Leave me alone with my thoughts,
don't even breathe.
My heart races, surely I am exposed
I'm giddy, drunk.
But she looks elsewhere
out the window
I exhale sharply as you leave, again.
The train doors roll shut.
Love retreats down platform nine.
Maybe tomorrow ...
via Daily Prompt: Edible
I’m a train buff and back in 2014 we’d saved up and decided to indulge in a trip on the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin. I’m fairly sure that the food provided was from all over Australia, and some from overseas too, and none was said to be organic or specifically local. However, that aside, it was more than edible, it was scrumptious, and I put weight on as a result. I’ve discovered that there’s a side effect to everything one enjoys 🙂 But the indulgence was worth it, we really enjoyed the food, the people, the train experience, and all the places along the route. One of life’s learning experiences.
Tender brings back memories, Elvis, Jackson Browne, Blur, all had songs about Tender. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book was Tender is the Night. Personally I love Blur’s ‘Tender is the Night’ and its understated moody anxiety.
But I’m a train nut, and Tender is about steam trains. In the above photo, the tender is the part attached to the locomotive behind the cab and before the coaches, it was designed to carry coal on top and the lower part was a tank for water. This enabled locos to travel long distances without stopping and thus enabling better economy for rail companies and better value for the public. Although I am opposed to coal mining, I still feel nostalgic for steam trains.