On The Cliff

I'd be in mortal danger

                 standing here,

                                  If this were 1910 or so.

For where I stand

                a train once ran;

Clinging to the cliffs,

                challenging the sea.

And now,you know,

              the sea has won.

Cliff has crumbled,

              tracks no more.

I miss the train

               I never knew,

And so I go

              beside the sea,

And stand there


                                 On the tracks.




©3-26-96 C.E. Carl

©5-16-10 C.E. (Carl) Elias


Have You Seen This Train?

An Ocean Shore Railroad locomotive and train leaving San Francisco
An Ocean Shore Railroad locomotive and train leaving San Francisco

About the Photo

This is a scanned copy of an actual photo I own. It does show an Ocean Shore Railroad locomotive underway. I found this photograph at a model train show in a booth selling all manner of old historic photos of trains. Only the subjects were identified: the name of the photographer has long been lost to history and the same fate as the train itself.

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bonnebartron 6 years ago from never one place for too long

lol I so LOVE the final small print too! Fabu man Fabu!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Reminds me of Guy Clark's song "Texas 1947" where he talks of the excitement of people in Levelland TX gathering in the small town near the railroad tracks to watch one of the newer model "fast locomotives" come through. "Look out here she comes, it comin', look out, there it gones, it's gone, screamin' right through Texas like a thunderstorm cyclone" The simple thrills were the best I think. Thanks for sharing! WB

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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed reading your hub. I like the sense of connection to an invisible past and also the image of nature’s triumph. Thank you for sharing the poem.

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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hi, AliciaC

Thank you so much! I lived for many years in the area where this train once ran, and felt a connection almost as if from a past life.

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