Sunday, September 08, 2013

reading the menu in the clouds outside


I see magic in this train ride
a dimension lost for the present jet set generation
not so long ago
the intrigue of a simple menu was our center
it was an avenue of change from mundane life outside
in that crisp table cloth
stains had to answer for themselves
it sounds so strange to say it
but we played by the bell

in that kettle I can still taste the tea in one such journey
the blue marks reminds me of blossoming forget me not
his benign smile takes me down memory lane

tabled forever in my mind
the intrigue has been used to soothe me

"if only life was laid out in a small tray with few complications"


27 comments:

Nanka said...

A great journey and you served a tasty fare on a neatly laid out tiny tray!!

annell said...

Love this piece!

Mishla M said...

Beautifully written.

Mary said...

I enjoyed reading this. Well done

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The last line was simply delicious!

(And would you mind, please, ridding your blog of word verification? It is an annoyance that those of us who like to leave comments would rather do without. Comment moderation will serve the same purpose--and not annoy your readers! Thank you.)

Jinksy said...

in that crisp table cloth
stains had to answer for themselves

I did like the two lines especially...

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I like "I can still taste the tea in one such journey"

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Great read aloud poem. If read in rhythm, it sounds very train like. Did you do that on purpose?

I am so pleased to read you on this fine Sunday!

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Those memories seemed to be the perfect companion, to an enjoyable journey, with more simplicity.

Eileen

Stan Ski said...

:)

oldegg said...

How we all must remember our lives "...laid out on a small tray with few complications". Our worlds were small and our appetites large then. This really is a beautiful piece of writing that took me back to my childhood.

bits-and-pieces said...

I like the soft rolling movement of this piece. We all have had those singular experiences that are recalled and treasured. I too, like the stains on the tablecloth and your final line.

Elizabeth

flaubert said...

That is just lovely, Gautami. Very scenic.

Pamela

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so loved traveling on those old trains, with tablecloths, and china........now I imagine all of that has been replaced by tea in a styrofoam cup - and now it costs so much to travel by train no one can do it any more. Sigh.

irene said...

Lovely title and a great train of words.

Wayne Pitchko said...

nice journey...and nicely written

Helen said...

Your poetry is exceptional ....

Kathe W. said...

lovely journey of words

Margaret said...

...a simple menu


If only life were so easy. Nice.

Sharon Bradshaw said...

A lovely poem, Gautami. Thank you.

Tess Kincaid said...

Absolutely beautiful...

freyawrites.com said...

Ah, the glory and simplicity of the old days. I have been on one of these train rides and this poem truly reminded me of the joy and slower pace.

Carrie Van Horn said...

Yes I see the magic as well....so much wisdom and truth in your beautiful words Gautami! :-)

seasideauthor said...

Pleasant little journey here.

Gillena Cox said...

what an elegant poem; luv it


much love...

Ken Higginson said...

nice observations. Your writing draws attention to otherwise missed details in a fun Norman Rockwell. Thanks for sharing.

Jules said...

Thank you for your visit to my wordle...I am slow at catching up.

Trains are magical. Though the ones in my memory are NYC subways. Most of which were underground.

We do have a locomotive museum that has one and two mile train rides. I think they also offer a dinner ride. Though I have yet in twenty years to do it...