A Poem by Kherry McKay

About my father, me, and my father's toy trains.


 Copyright © 2009 by Kherry McKay






My father builds train sets now
in his later years in his basement,
tokens of control and organization
he didn’t always have in his ordinary life.

A master engineer, moving his cars along
tracks, finding the yard disorganized,
incomplete, wayward.  He coughs in
exasperation, breathes in
DC-electrical fumes during the cool
hours of night, his miniature people
waving innocently, plastically.

I was a car that eventually managed
to find a different route, a detour.
He hasn't forgiven me for the switch,
for becoming my own locomotive,
whose engine left his tiny basement
in search of open track,
a new horizon, a miniature light.







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© 2009 Kherry McKay

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I used to love small model train sets when i was knee high to a grasshopper and it was a hornby set, i had it set up in our loft and spent many a happy hours with friends and cousins playing innocently.
I loved the memory attachment to this poem and it impacted on your writing

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ahhh... what an outstanding analogy. I thought I knew which direction the poem was going in, then you totally switched it on me. I loved the flow. You did a wonderful job at telling a story of attachment, detachment, and indepedence. Kudos

Posted 11 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Reminds me of my own dad and how, like all fathers, raise us up labourously into adults. A very good poem to dedicate to my dad- it says practically all about him and that he has done for me. Awesome.

Posted 12 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on January 8, 2009
Last Updated on February 25, 2009