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Carnforth

Sandstone hewn from a cinammon crag,
damp grey, cold, coated with smog spat
by metal killers freed form city forests.
The drips of soaking black soot splatter
the sheltering mannequins who stand or sit.
Some shuffle. Then clanking metal cracks
rhythmically announce with an ear splitting screech.
Many mouths open and then thud shut.
They swallow damp outside air and happy lonely
travellers, here for "The Brief Encounter" tours,
drinking the now evaporated atmosphere of steam:
covered in synthetic ugliness.
Those machines of flesh
scrambling on the Hierophant's wheel,
smelling the coffee and diesel fumes,
they live past the time on the station clock,
that runs slow
by five.

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English was invented by Englishmen. Language is a male construct.Me site


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by NascentPawn

Industrial images
I'm not sure on this yet, is Carnforth a switching station? The images are excellent and remind of a heavily industrial location such as a railroad switching yard or other type of location where people regularly pass but are oblivious to the obnoxious noises and monstrous machinery as they are part of the expected landscape. The intriguing is the clock, everybody knows it is slow but that is the time they keep there.

Very good, even though I'm a bit lost on this one.

BW

( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: November 30, 2006 )

Carnforth
Hi

Yeah it is where they filmed Brief Encounter. A classic B&W film from the 50s that dealt with casual sex, a landmark in film. I go there often it is a Victorian railway Station that is on the West Coat and skirts the Lake District. I didnt want to give it away in the title.

( Posted by: NascentPawn [Member] On: December 1, 2006 )





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