Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Passing Trains in Winter Rains--By Terry O'Leary--France

Passing Trains in Winter Rains

"Adrift within a dismal night, while trudging down deserted track,
Beyond the bend, a peering light, illumed alone through vacant black.
Such are the tricks that fate will feign, with passing trains in winter rain.

The darkling sky, sighed, dripping dew, beguiling to the trek anew.
In diamond dusk the demons came, there was no dread, there was no claim,
But distant thoughts will entertain on passing trains in winter rain.

Through shadow’s fog a form appeared, which slowed its pace as morning neared,
A lonesome, meek and wistful thing, a fallen bird with broken wing.
Such are the shapes and weary strain of passing trains in winter rain.

We paused a moment, side by side confronting Fate in eventide.
But Passion’s Pains of yesteryear left youthful Ardor draped in fear -
We had our courses to maintain, like passing trains in winter rain.

I often harken, reaching back, to hear the formless twisted track
Muse “Few have loved though all have toyed inside this vast and vacant void -
The what and why ? At heart, mundane !” We’re passing trains in winter rain ... "

Terry O’Leary defines himself as "A physicist lacking gravity...".


  1. Profound - nice reading giving one something to think upon...

    Rhoda Galgiani

  2. A wonderful read, Terry. I enjoyed the visions and thoughts provoked by your words.

    Jan x

  3. Hi Terry,

    An outstanding poem that is so well written and thoughtful in message. I enjoyed reading your work this evening.


  4. Thank you, Sara Kendrick, for the following comment--

    Very creative work that gives or lends a slight sad quality..Uniquely creative with great rhythm, rhyme, and flow..Sara Kendrick

  5. Thank you, Jack Horne,for the following comment--

    Terry-awesome write

  6. Dear Terry,

    I see others are enjoyed your talent too. Congratulations on all the comments you have been getting. Thank you for all the comments you left for others today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


  7. Thank you, Connie Marcum Wong, for the following comment--

    Terry, this outstanding work of art has me wanting to seek
    out and read much more of your poetry. I shall remember
    this truly beautiful and poignant piece, and you! Mahalo, Connie

  8. Hi Terry, this poem made me think of a special place where my friend Sandra in Canada goes hiking regularly. Love the way you described "passing trains." We pass by so many things in life and you can't jump from a train to help an injured bird. Of course, we may use excuses to avoid contact with those in trouble, but I see so many different things in your poem. Excellent writing! Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  9. Thank you, Gerald Heyder, for the following comment--

    I'm glad you enjoyed my limerick! Your poem is right up my alley! I love trains! The are the only way to go! Life itself is a train ride!