A whistle and rattle at 4:10am.
Freight train on the coast route
the last freighter hauling pipes
The click and clack of tracks,
wild west images, cactus
and tumbleweed on the stretch
between Malahide and Skerries
A star shoots straight up
from a purple line.
The sea reflecting burning engines.
Hissing steam, salt and
Diesel roars and pours power
to the big blower. Speed a steady
fifty on the mainline.
Express passenger train ahead
and on time.
The engineer lets the brake off
on the long stretch to Dundalk.
Hauling porter and pipes.
The 4:10am freighter is gone.
– Dave Kavanagh