Classic and Contemporary Poetry
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, by MARGARET W. RITCHIE
First Line: The whistles blew
Last Line: The shattered walls of night closed in!
Subject(s): Night; Railroads; Bedtime; Railways; Trains
The whistles blew,
And through the canyon of the Night
The mighty engine sped.
Its powerful light
Far, far ahead
A pathway hewed,
While in its wake,
As though pursued
By monstrous snake,
The writhing coaches flew.
And then, as faint with distance grew
The light and din,
The shattered walls of Night closed in!
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