Haiku About Stephen Hawking R.I.P.

March 13, 2018 at 10:42 pm (Biographical, Commentary, History, News, Obituaries, Poetry, Science) (, , , , )

Haiku About Stephen Hawking R.I.P.

Body was prison
But mind so great it was free
to explore cosmos

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The Last Ride of The Train Engineer

August 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm (Poetry) (, , , )

He spent his life driving trains
through summer heat
and pouring rains.

He saw this country grow
riding the rails through
grain fields row on row.

Not as many grain fields as there used to be
instead he sees
row upon row of industry.

The old family farm is gone
along with local grain elevators
in a global corporate agro-business dawn.

An age of multi-lane highways
and planes flying skyways
the train whistles
amidst the thistles
but no longer do kids come running
up from brooks where they’d be sunning.

They’re in suburbs far and away
on video games they do play
where once hills did tower
and seeds did flower
now cell phone towers loom
and concrete and asphalt grow
where flowers did bloom.

He was glad tomorrow he’d be retired
his favourite views long since expired
and out of the old locomotive he did walk
but not down to the bar to sit and talk
but down to a park where birds do flock.

Time to move on
time to move on
for tomorrow
will still bring another dawn.

-A poem written by Christopher Van Helsing
Tuesday evening August 30th 2011.

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