a poem by Christine Porter (April 2012)
Lismore, Toowoomba, Emu Creek, stop;
Crows Nest, Allora, Lismore, stop;
Lismore, Coomera, Brisbane, stop;
West End, Kenmore, Toowoomba, stop.
Goondiwindi, Boggabilla, Pallemallewa;
Croppa Creek, “Binneguy”, Croppa Creek, stop.
Yalleroi, Coolatai, Emmaville, Deepwater,
Tenterfield, Casino, Lismore, STOP
From a Railway Carriage
by Robert Louis Stevenson
FASTER than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.