Listen to the train’s rhythm…

is making a long railway journey (Mumbai to Delhi) and suddenly remembered one line of what I googled up…and found a lovely poem:


Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

Robert Louis Stevenson

I love poems like this which follow the rhythm of their subject..I remember, vaguely, another such poem where the stanzas start with a small, brisk rhythm of words..and then, the words and the rhythm lengthen, as the train pulls tiredly into the station…I wish I could get this poem.


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4 Responses to “Listen to the train’s rhythm…”

  1. Uma Bharath Says:

    Thank you for posting this. There’s something very innocent about the way the world looks, when you look out of a train window. This is one of my favourite poems and partly responsible for my life-long fascination for train journeys, unmindful of the stink and squalour inside our trains.

  2. deponti Says:

    I am trying to get the other poem, too..oh, the problems of an erratic memory!

  3. Veena Says:

    One poem in Hindi is sung by Ashok Kumar (Link: 🙂

  4. deponti Says:

    I love that song…thank you!

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