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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7Reading Scheme

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8A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by William Wordsworth

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

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10Rondeau Redoublé

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11My Lover

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12Tich Miller

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13Flowers

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14Defining the Problem

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16Some More Light Verse

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18Another Unfortunate Choice

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19A Christmas Poem

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20Kindness to Animals

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21Names

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22The Uncertainty of the Poet

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23In The Rhine Valley

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24After the Lunch

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25Nine-line Triolet

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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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32Haiku: Looking Out of the Back Bedroom Window without My Glasses

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33Timekeeping

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3430th December

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35Differences of Opinion (i) He Tells Her

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36Differences of Opinion (ii) Your Mother Knows (unpublished)

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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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41Spared

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42An Anniversary Poem

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43The Month of May

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1A Christmas Song

2Christmas Ornaments

3Cathedral Carol Service

4Differences of Opinion

5Daily Help part 1

6Boarders parts 1 and 3

7Brahms Cradle Song

8Greydawn

9At Stafford Services

10At the Poetry Conference

11The Health Scare

12Once I'm Dead

13My Funeral

14Seeing You

15Macedonia 1987

16Dutch Portraits

17At Steep

18An Anniversary Poem

19Spared

20Another Valentine

21The Cougher

22The Widow

23The Archers and Adultery

24Closedown

25Reunion

26Evidence

27A Little Tribute to John Cage

28On a Photograph of the Archbishop of Canterbury

29Shakespeare at School

30On Sonnet 18

31Orb

32A Vow

33By the River

34Here We Are

35The Damage to the Piano

36Men Talking

37Absent Friends

38A Poem About Jesus