The little train of the Somme | Brenda Donoghue

The big trains muscle into the station and quiver over you.

But you can travel where the larger locomotives dread.

Soft meadows and slippery tillage hold no terror for you.

You are agile, your route moved easily, dancing out of reach of attacking fire.

You dart out at dusk or dawn when the half-light shrouds your smoke from  the enemy.

Narrow tracks carry your modest carriages filled with hay for the horses and bread for the men.

You deliver love letters and stories of family.

You are gentle when you fetch wounded limbs and broken men and body baskets home.


Brenda Donoghue lives in County Cork in Ireland. She has had work published in Crannóg literary magazine and in the ‘From the well’ anthologies 2017 and 2018. She has had a play performed by the Cork Arts Theatre (2017). She achieved an ‘editors choice’ in the Flashback fiction competition November 2018.