Due to Engineering Works between Thetford and Paignton Buses will be Replacing Trains this Weekend

It was a difficult time between us
The train I'd often catch replaced by bus

Two hundred fifty miles through England
Reconciliation roses in hand

Wilting as the air-con churned out dry heat
Petals accumulated at my feet

The stop at Didcot allowed time to call
Sweet connection to my Lauren Bacall

From a phone box with a urinal's aroma
I could reassure I'd soon be with her

A flat mate offered to take a message
Explained my love had gone on a passage

Crossing country, trying the usual train
But due to engineering works between Paignton and Thetford buses will be replacing trains this weekend, again


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2023. Day 9 Sonnet Sunday. This is officially a fourteen line sonnet, but with a very long, disjointed (ironically) fourteenth line, that disrupts the timing.

CLP 09/04/2023


  1. Arti Jain says:

    Love in the the times of engineering works isn’t easy, eh?
    Enjoyed reading your sonnet Chris. Thank you:)

  2. Love this my friend. Definite nostalgic vibes 😁🖤

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