She sat on a train

from by Simon Beavis

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14 She sat on a train

Watching the dance of travellers
On the station concourse
Seeing the greetings and the farewells
Some kisses cold
Others faint as a powder brush
And some a crush, a crescendo
Of joy, or imminent loss
So many tones of taking
Giving, holding on or letting go
The people clicking in and out of view
Like the names of distant cities
On the arrivals and departures board
That she knew but would not travel to.

And later, with rain falling like rivets,
Straight and grey,
She watched fields and woods,
Odd isolated homes, farms,
Villages and country towns
Flash past the streaming windows of the train
And knew her heart was getting ready
To be alone again.


from A short stay in longevity, released May 25, 2013


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Simon Beavis Brighton, UK

Simon Beavis is a writer and musician based in Sussex in the UK. This is his first solo album, bringing together songs, tunes and poems written over 15 years. He has also written songs for two albums by the acoustic roots band, in cahoots.

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