Day 6: National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

Trains used to slip
through these tracks
where runners now train,
old locomotives now relocated
like the light that displaces
the shadow,
but the lines
still linger,
less steam now,
more sweat
and sometimes
that light
that shifts
the shadow,
trains used to slip
through these tracks
that the city now tickles,
threatens with timeshares
to tear up what time still shares
in the corners where that shadow
leans into the light, on the lines where life
once rattled and raced,
before the new towers
knocked the old homes,
before the runners
and the walkways
and the boarders
and the builders
and the cranes
now shifting
into sight,
rising, in the distance,
just a step

All Words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

Photograph taken at la Petite Ceinture, an old paris railway line in the 15eme


  1. merrildsmith

    There’s a sort of magic to old trains/tracks. The light has shifted a lot. We tend to forget that despite the noise, dirt, and displacement where tracks were laid, the railroads changed life so profoundly.

  2. Stefanie Neumann

    Hej Dami!
    There is that picture, again – one of my favouites… 😉
    Somehow, I can still see those old homes and your beautiful poem makes it even more tangible for me.
    Much Love,

    1. deuxiemepeau

      Thank you and thanks for the kiwi smiles! This is my running route, an old railway line now a little park and it always holds whispers of what it once was home to. Sometimes I take more pictures here than actual running! Oops!!

      1. exploringcolour

        Ha! Yes, but I regularly browse thru yr photos too so pls don’t reform. Was telling my SO about this poem last night over dinner and he’s just looked at it and also thinks its AMAZING. So wonderful that you write yr words in Paris and we enjoy them so much, way down here! Yr photo of the railway line park reminded me of photos I’ve seen of the High Line in NY. Would love to visit both places (and the Emerald Isle of course). Smiles again from Kiwiland, LizX

Leave a Reply