The Ghost Train.

The Ghost Train.

A Poem by Paul Bell

You’ve got to get in from the start

Girl, love, mortgage, house

The trip has begun

Seat belt on

Forget the plan

The roller coaster will take you up

But not for long

Life's like that

Tells you in the song

Ok, we’re heading down

Is that a frown

Look around

Girl's gone


Off with Joe


You don’t want to know

No mortgage though

Now, was that a thrill

All the fun of the fair

What, bitter pill

She isn't there

That’s the roller coaster

High and low

No one knows

New woman

Don’t try to explain

Seat belt on

Let me introduce the ghost train.

© 2018 Paul Bell

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Wow- you really put it down here Paul. Brilliant, stark, poignant. Percussive rhythm, great form, flow, metaphor, rhyme, drama...cynical, but raw and real rollercoaster ride to hell...”Let me introduce the ghost train”- “Life’s like that.” , the poet said. All aboard!......

Posted 5 Days Ago

That’s brilliant. Really enjoyed it, Paul. Quite good stuff. The way you make it rhyme makes the poetry quite a treat to read. If this is the least you can do, I’m really impressed, Paul.

Posted 6 Days Ago

Since my life has been unconventional, it's educational for me when I read about the way other people's roller coasters go -- the more common dreams & disappointments. But in the end, despite different details, we all know that unmistakable experience of riding the Ghost Train! *sigh!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

1 Week Ago

Always think you should start on the ghost train.
Then everything else would be a dawdle.
Your style of writing is like the ride itself, Ótimo! ( excellent)
The Ghost Train, does't it ever leave the station now? jut gives off blue smoke and saddens your mood?

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

And scares you. lol
Life in all its bittersweet truly is like a rollercoaster, so plentiful are the highs and lows.

The flow of the poem, short and crisp, up and down, suits the exploration of the rollercoaster idea of life's journey. And just like the real thing, it all depends how much we can stomach before we need to get off for more stable ground.

A briskly flowing write with a very relatable metaphor, Paul. Nicely conceived.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

Makes you want to stay in the house. lol
Love it, Paul. A bitter pill, indeed. And we have all been there! Screaming through the dark, then going round again. Are we all mad, or what?

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

so um how much does it cost to ride this ghost train? kidding
Sooo very good, most enjoyed this.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

You don't pay to go on the ghost train. Well, not to begin with. lol
Paul - love the poem.. :) life is something like this... just does not give us breathing time.. sometimes the speed of the roller coaster also matters :P

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

You stay away from that ghost train.

3 Weeks Ago

Lol am a ghost already :p
Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

That's all that nighthawking. Get the work done.
oh man! "Let me introduce the ghost train" ...somehow i don't think that's an invitation with a whole lot of hope ;{
i felt myself bouncing from one jag to the next and up and down as the coaster rolled indeed sir ...can not help but feel for the man in the picture ...but maybe he should give riding a res for a bit longer ... get a more positive disposition for the "rest of the story" ;)
love that closing line .. packs a punch!

Posted 3 Weeks Ago

Paul Bell

3 Weeks Ago

He had his fun. Unfortunately he didn't realise it at the time. Wonder how he got on in the ghost tr.. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Weeks Ago too! :}

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