On a Train

On a Train

The book I've been reading
rests on my knee. You sleep.

It's beautiful out there -
fields, little lakes and winter trees
in February sunlight,
every car park a shining mosaic.

Long, radiant minutes,
your hand in my hand,
still warm, still warm.


From If I Don't Know (Faber and Faber, 2001), copyright © Wendy Cope 2001, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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1An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse

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2From Strugnell's Sonnets: The expense of spirits is a crying shame...

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3God and The Jolly Bored Bog-Mouse

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4Strugnell's Haiku

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5Waste Land Limericks

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6A Policeman's Lot

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9A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by T. S. Eliot

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11My Lover

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13Flowers

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21Names

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22The Uncertainty of the Poet

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26Valentine

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27Leaving

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28Bloody Men

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29As Sweet

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30The Christmas Life

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31By The Round Pond

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37The Sitter

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38Les Vacances

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39Being Boring

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40On a Train

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