A Tunnel

A Tunnel

A tunnel, unexpected. The carriage lights
we didn't notice weren't on prove their point
and a summer's day is cancelled out, its greens
and scattered blue, forgotten in an instant

that lasts the width of a down, level to level,
a blink in London to Brighton in Four Minutes
that dampens mobiles - conversations end
mid-sentence, before speakers can say

'...a tunnel' - and the train fills with the sound
of itself, the rattle of rolling stock amplified,
and in the windows' flue a tool-shed scent,
metal on metal, a points-flash photograph,

and inside all of this a thought is clattering
in a skull inside the train inside the tunnel
inside great folds of time, like a cube of chalk
in a puncture-repair tin at a roadside

on a summer day like the one we'll re-enter
at any moment, please, at any moment.
Voices are waiting at the other end
to pick up where we left off. 'It was a tunnel...'


from The Ice Age (Picador, 2002), copyright © Paul Farley 2002, used by permission of the author

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1From A Weekend First

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2Treacle

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3Termini

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4Papal Visit

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5Dead Fish

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7A Minute's Silence

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8Diary Moon

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10Big Safe Themes

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12Sunspots

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13Monkfish

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19Phone Books

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20A Thousand Hours

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22The Barber's Lull

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23Fly

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24A Tunnel

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25Laws of Gravity

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