Sunday, January 3, 2016

gasps of bewilderment

                                                                           Attribution: Kabelleger / David Gubler
Image: To transport nitrates from
its mines to the port, the Company
operates a 3 ft 6 in gauge railway  (here)

MLMM's 12 given words:
gasps left cold angels loss dust snare  
remember pause  days dial slap

gasps of bewilderment left some cold 
sweat where even angels were the loss
for words thinking of the efforts and
risks in trying to earn a decent living

dust and stones may cause to spring
a snare on the freedom and safety of
transporting the load a slow operation
already with the long line of wagons

they just had to remember to pause and
hope nothing untoward should happen on
days of likely strong winds where the
ability to dial on the cell phone was
of little assurance

heavenly for a locomotive driver out of
work slapped with the moral responsibility
of having to feed hungry mouths praying and
waiting in a dilapidated shack at the bottom
of the hill for his safe return every evening

For Brenda's Sunday Whirl's Wordle #232  and
Mary's Poetry Pantry #284 at Poets United


  1. interesting poem
    good luck

  2. To have a family to feed is an obligation indeed

  3. quite chilling...hope nothing untoward ever happens...

  4. That reminds me of a road In drove along in Bolivia! Brilliant and totally different take on the words.

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  5. nature is still the number one enemy of technology. better late than sorry, I guess.

    Happy New Year

  6. wow...crazy image, and a great way of weaving the words together describing it!

  7. The things many have to do to feed their family isn't easy.

  8. Such palpable images here - powerful write.

  9. Oh that ledge does look tricky. I hope there is only one way traffic on that line, LOL. Happy New Year, Hank!

  10. It is nice from other side to know someone close/family praying for your safe return... ~ Happy New Year, Hank!

  11. Sad to be out of work with a hungry family. Interesting story here.
    Happy New Year Hank.

  12. The locomotive driver has a hard life!

  13. Wow! Living dangerously that's what workers are doing out there. Thanks for this exposure in your poem Hank

    Much love...

  14. What an immersive poem - i think i wold gasp and have a stiff drink if aboard that train!

  15. so many families can relate, that's the sad part.

  16. Very well done. It is amazing when you think of what humans have endured to care for their families.