Prionsías Ó Canáin


Loco Motion - Poem by Prionsías Ó Canáin

Have you ever sat on an unhurried train
And watched smile, after corkscrew smile
Painted thin on a puffy faced sky.

I have.
They put telephone cables underground now.
And call it progress.

Have you ever click clacked o’er viaducted valley
Whilst eyelined below, makers of methane
Freckle furiously on the skin of green.

I have.
But they rear cattle in sheds these days.
And call it progress.

Have you ever hugged the cosseting hill
With, in distant wollen view, bleating dandruff speck
Dawn tanned mountain scarps.

I have.
They plant land envenoming trees there now.
And call it progress.

Have you ever?
You have not!

Then scurry.
For progress only goes one way.
One loco motion
A cul de sac of traversed track
Routes singularly tentacular forward,
Never back.


Comments about Loco Motion by Prionsías Ó Canáin

  • (2/5/2009 9:25:00 AM)

    Simplicity corrupted by man's ever growing ambitions.

    I enjoyed this poem alot!
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  • (12/30/2008 1:19:00 AM)

    Ah. The world is changing, and changing fast. Mother Nature will have a say about that, no doubt. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/3/2008 12:59:00 PM)

    I loved this one as I have sat on an unhurried train and watched the beauty all around go slowly by, it gave you pause, un hurried we used to savor things. Great poem. Bob (Report)Reply

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  • (8/2/2008 4:31:00 PM)

    You are really good. A poet after my own taste. There are so few of us. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/29/2008 5:06:00 AM)

    You're so right, & how often it is we only notice these things when they're already gone... I love the words of this one - 'tentacular' is one to roll around the tongue & savour all day. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/18/2008 9:30:00 PM)

    You said it damn well right in this straight-to-the-point poem of yours. Lots of things in today's world, taken all too serious, ought to be taken much lighter, whereas other things that ought to be taken more serious are taken too lightly today. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/24/2008 11:35:00 AM)

    The title is inspired. The craziness that so-called progress can be, yet this poem also made me nostalgic for things I've never experienced, because my usual answer to the questions posed was sadly, 'No, ' and it made me wish my answer was, 'Yes.'

    Lovely read,

    L&T
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  • (12/22/2007 9:19:00 AM)

    Bravo, beautiful imagery! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2007 2:21:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading this the first time. Then read it again to figure out what I had read - all of your imagery. I think I have except for one or two things - words that I never new existed. That's the beauty of poetry. Let your imagination paint the day. You have made an effective choice of words - real or otherwise. (Report)Reply

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  • JoAnn McGrath (3/29/2007 8:54:00 AM)

    Wow! can I board that slow train to yesteryear
    were all was simple and you have no fear
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  • Melvina Germain (3/25/2007 6:24:00 AM)

    lFabulous imagry portrayed here Frank, very creative piece indeed with a wonderful use of the vocabulary. I love this piece, thoroughly enjoyed the read Frank---Thankyou---Melvina (Report)Reply

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  • (3/22/2007 1:48:00 PM)

    Beautiful imagery - thank you
    Worlds away from my crammed commuter
    Clair
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  • (3/21/2007 2:48:00 PM)

    an excellent poem again, i love the way your poetry always makes me pull it apart into sections and think of every verse and lets me enjoy them the more i read them.Thank you for sharing your work, jo x (Report)Reply

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  • (3/20/2007 5:34:00 PM)

    ....as time marches backwards. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/19/2007 12:52:00 PM)

    like the way you work with words here for example, the track, a cul de sac and bring things together like a story.....enjoyable read for me..........mm. :) (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2007 5:24:00 AM)

    Thanks for the journey of the progress train... what a pity it has to be onward without a stop over to enjoy...

    Alison
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  • (3/13/2007 11:50:00 AM)

    what a great poem frank! a style all of your own (i think) .it works for me anyway! al. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/13/2007 5:40:00 AM)

    This is a seminal piece of excellent poetry; simple word choice, vivid imagery, universal ideas. Melded with almost casual ease. Rgds, Ivan (Report)Reply

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  • (3/9/2007 7:50:00 PM)

    This is a delicious pastoral piece of Irish nostalgia written with style and without sentimentality. In particular I love 'makers of methane freckle furiously on the skin of green'. Fascinating images, gentle humour and a wise message to boot. Moo to you too. love, Allie xxxx (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 8, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, January 28, 2011


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