Tall Poppy by Diane Briggs (McFarlane)
In the 1940's and 50's the double decker trams used to travel as far as Giblin Street. They were wonderful!
the middle of the road
to stay on track
venturing on her
rattling stop start journey
to and from the city
holding up traffic
swallowing and disgorging
ticketed strap-hanging passengers
conducted by an orchestration
of overhead bell-pull instructions
sending her once more on her way
swaying to the ch-chink ch-chink ch-chink
metallic rhythm of wheels
conveying her double deckered splendor
towards the next stop
and the net stop and the next stop
to the terminus.
She is lonely
in the shed
at the Transport Museum.