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“The Engine”

Description from Beady Little Eyes: "The Engine" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Into the gloom of the deep, dark night,
With panting breath and a startled scream;
Swift as a bird in sudden flight
Darts this creature of steel and steam.

Awful dangers are lurking nigh,
Rocks and chasms are near the track,
But straight by the light of its great white eye
It speeds through the shadows, dense and black.

Terrible thoughts and fierce desires
Trouble its mad heart many an hour,
Where burn and smoulder the hidden fires,
Coupled ever with might and power.

It hates, as a wild horse hates the rein,
The narrow track by vale and hill;
And shrieks with a cry of startled pain,
And longs to follow its own wild will.


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  1. Kathryn R
    Kathryn R says:

    Beady, another winner of a poem pick! I so enjoyed reading it and finding the words played out in beads and components. That Onyx Donut “…it’s great white eye” – awesome!!

  2. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    I lived most of my life near the tracks…. when I was young it scared me awake……the freight trains flanges would scream around the hill, the whistle would moan over the crossing then I would hear it click clack over the river bridge and I would listen in the dead of night for the lonesome wail as it headed out of town and I would hear it no more … an adult my first house was again near the tracks in town and that one rarely passed at night but when it did again it would jar me awake ….fear and excitement at the same time…..the trains stopped running and I moved away …..your pick and your poem just brought all those memories flooding back to me….from the white eye of the light onto the darkness to the chain like track and lava rock …I can still hear the ballast crunch as I walked on it …..Love this so so much!!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    A future POD for sure! I also lived in a home near railroad tracks much of my life. The closest was 3 small lots away and the farthest away is 1 1/2 blocks away. I remember the first time now it would gently rock me to sleep at night and provided a wonderful rock collecting place. Now I’m at the farthest away. That whistle is always reassuring when I hear it between 11 pm and midnight.

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