“ The Last Train ” – may have gone –

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                                                            painting by Claude Monet

“ The Last Train ” – may have gone –

I’d bought in too

A youth’s fallacy,

Ye want find true

Save failed to see,

Fate shan’t renew

A life forever be,

Tho we continue

Frivolously free,

To ponder pursue

And endlessly roam,

Tho state of askew

Too far from home,

Long past ye renew

Will find one alone,

When the last train

Now may have gone!

                                             © Jean-Jacques Fournier

“ Nobody Hears ” – a silent fear –

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“ Nobody Hears ”

            – a silent fear –

Nobody’s here

Or now remain,

Who can recall

A time you’d hear

That lonely call,

Of a wailing train…

Nobody hears

Of fallen men,

In silent fear

Chose to board,

A moving train

Taunt be scored,

By razzing peers…


Nobody recalls

The men aboard,

Living in tatters

Said their afford,

From 30’s disaster

To ride the rails,

Desperate to find

That new deal bail…


Nobody tended

To marginal man,

And few could hear                

His hopeless stand,

As he rode the rails

In a half baked plan,

Save chance survive          

By toil of some kind,

But to thus stay alive

In the terrible thirties!    

   ode to Uncle Joseph Bernier

                                                       of Valleyfield and Huntington PQ

                                                        imperiled by 1930’s depression


                  © Jean-Jacques Fournier