|Issue 15:||Sept. 2022|
|(Sonku: Sonnet +||Haiku)|
|Poet’s Note:||90 words|
You’ve always been a railroad man at heart. We’re riding on the Northbound as it winds up two tunnels, while its counterpart is moving downhill on the other line. boarding time— your baseball cap goes express We caught the train from Junee at the start, to catch this lap. I see your spirits climb as the Southbound rumbles to the past. Your smiles become a spiral, intertwined end to end. window seat we watch the mural idling by The sun is out at last to warm the future after your decline slip-sliding downhill till new capsules sparked a turnaround. The cancer’s now confined to monthly checkups. Having lost its grip, today you’re celebrating with this trip. how long blues— a hospital trolley rattles
1. “How Long, How Long Blues” was recorded in 1928 by the American blues duo Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell.
2. Historically and scientifically rare, the Bethungra Rail Spiral between Junee and Cootamundra was built in the 1940s in New South Wales. It is the only 360-degree spiral in Australia and one of Australia’s most significant rail engineering feats of its time. The spiral is only experienced when travelling North.
YouTube video by Rod Williams (21 February 2014):
Bethungra Loop: Around the spiral: Australian Railways
Links to YouTube were retrieved on 31 August 2022:
is a poet and musicologist who is well published in Australia and internationally. Her collections include Step By Step: Tai Chi Meditations (Picaro Poets, 2018), Moonlight over the Siding (Interactive Press, 2019), Severed Web (Picaro Poets, 2020), and a verse drama, Please Add Your Signature and Date It Here (Litoria Press, 2021). Her sonnet collection A Hint of Rosemary is forthcoming.
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