Retirement Options for Tube Trains: #3, Isle of Wight
Not on the coast,
but start your journey from the middle;
where pylons stride
through carpets of oilseed rape.
Listen to Robert
(who can make that noise with grass)
talk about his yurt business;
Coleen, in coach 5, on how
she hates waste; and
Jill - her blouse a clamshell in the warm, yellow air -
on Global Warming.
Cross the Steam Railway,
the bridge splicing white smoke in two.
Wince at the blung of an iPhone
downloading an email.
Think of the email: squatting there in Jill's inbox
as you charge past wry fields of llamas
and great cubes of wheat
gouged by tractors.
See her fingers going Swipe-to-Unlock as you crest Angel's Copse
and first spy the sea
and its uncompromising waves.