Lady, or: Machine

Flying across men's endless rails, whistling adrenaline 
Churning axles hissing past so many a longing gentleman 
Chasing what she's never had; rims gripping faithful track 
Each disembarking lover spurned; ne'er thought of turning back 
She, ever forward, leaves 'em gasping in billows of sultry steam 
Thick diesel firing through the veins of lady turned machine

H/T @Suzette B

H/T @Poet of the Light; @Poet of the Light


Note: An early attempt at poetry partnership

Long before I launched ‘Poetry Partners’ and offered other writers an opportunity to partner with me in writing poetry, I had already tried my hand at penning verses inspired by works I’d read on other blogs. The above was one such piece of mine, written in Nov. ’20, which was inspired by three separate poems – the first by Suzette Benjamin, and the second and the third by Poet of the Light.

The line from Suzette’s poem that excited my imagination was:

Flying across ancient tracks whistling adrenaline.

The lines from PoL’s two poems that excited my imagination were:

Where I watch lovers embrace again
 When they step down from the train

and:

And you’ll remain right on track
Chasing after what you never had

d’Verse Open Link Night

I am sharing this poem for d’Verse OLN #312.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

32 thoughts on “Lady, or: Machine”

  1. Great sense of movement in this, she’s unstoppable! Its fascinating isn’t it what sparks us, inspires us and where it takes us.

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