“Chugging Along”


Chugging Along

Chug chug chug chug ka-ching ching!
Chug chug chug badda bing bing!
Chug chug chug chug clang clang!
Chug chug chug chug screeeech—bang!
Chu…chu chug badda biii—-ing BOOM!


Here’s my (sort of) poem for the dVerse Poets Pub Poetics Prompt on change (and turns), hosted by the wonderful Claudia Schoenfeld.  I am not so great at making changes until…well, there seems to be no other choice!

Happy New Year’s weekend all!  I am in the country with much snow and, thank goodness, a working furnace.

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43 Comments on ““Chugging Along””

  1. claudia Says:

    haha..so cool….that is an image that will stay in my mind for the rest of my life probably….love it k.

  2. claudia Says:

    and i mean both….the pic and your words…smiles

  3. Mary Says:

    Oh, I love that image! What fun! It does seem that change chugs along somehow, like it or not! So glad you now have a working furnace.

  4. brian miller Says:

    hahaha very nice….the train keeps a rollin all night long….love the sounds k…and the pic is very cool….at times though i wonder who is driving the train (high on cocaine) casey jone you better watch your speed….smiles.

  5. janehewey Says:

    big cheers to a working furnace! this is a wonderful, short and well sounded poem. I was smiling while following it on its clear path. there is nothing like a clear path for change. I often get caught in the muddle of it. Happy New Year. Your work shines, k.

  6. cloudfactor5 Says:

    this is totally cool, and the rhythm I’m hearing is that of a conga line dance !! whoopee! Happy New Year !! ~ R

  7. Bodhirose Says:

    Love this! Happy New Year to you, Karin!

  8. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Haha… sometimes it does take a train wreck to force us to change. Happy New Year!

  9. Grace Says:

    Fun sounds K, I am chugging along with you ~ Well its cold where I am so I can relate to the working furnace, a must in any household ~

    Happy New Year ~

  10. Luke Prater Says:

    This is awesome! It’s purely onomatopoeic yet has such depth to it. In fact it’s all the more arresting because you made it work based on sounds of a train. Superbly experimental. You throw us the entire situation/problematic we’re faced with in what might seem like text from a children’s book at first (nicely illustrated to that effect too). Brilliant.

  11. Ch, ch, ch, chuffing great pic at the top of your poem k. 🙂

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha. Thanks, Polly. I “draw/paint” them on the iPad with the Brushes App, and then, in this case, adapt a bit with the Photogene App (also on the iPad.) Brushes is my favorite painting app, and photogene is really cool also. I also use a stylus instead of my finger, which I find is much easier to manipulate. I miss doing real painting which I do much less since getting the iPad – but I don’t think I’d have so much time for it anyway, since I don’t have a real studio set-up. I don’t know why I went through all that explanation, but it is a lot of fun that anyone with iphone or ipad might like to try. k.

      • Wonderful, k. I have the Brushes app and will look out for the Photogene App as I’m not familiar with it. I love your illustrations, the elephant is my most favourite, he’s gorgeous 🙂

  12. That’s great… very clever!

  13. wolfsrosebud Says:

    … change can be a loud thing

  14. Nara Malone Says:

    Love your playful sounds and image. I’m out in the country snow with the rain track close enough to rattle the windows when it chugs by. But I love it’

  15. coalblack Says:

    ch-choo-choo-changes…(turn and face the train) choo choo changes….

  16. Ruth Says:

    Oh well done, Karin! I can see this is going to be my favourite poem – so much is in the attitude, isn’t it?

  17. Change is a lot like a train–many cars, many curves, and who ever really pulls that cord that’s supposed to stop it in real life? No, we just let it carry us to wherever we get off. Enjoy the snow and the warmth, k. This was fun.

  18. Not so easy to make noises into such a fun sing-song-y verse. Maybe I can chug, chug, chug my way into some new changes.

  19. I enjoyed this! It illustrates change perfectly.

  20. Kelvin S.M. Says:

    ..ha.. playful..playful.. i can go with it unlimitedly… oddly affecting… happy new year.. smiles..

  21. David King Says:

    I don’t know whether to envy you or feel sorry for you. Hope it turns out a weekend to envy for you. Happy New Year.

  22. kkkkaty Says:

    love your art….and we certainly universally do just that, don’t we..keep on chugging?

  23. Sabio Lantz Says:

    Very nice New Years image — the train still moves on continues tracks chugging along

  24. Wheeeeee ccccccccrash BOOM

    cha cha cha

    Happy New Year

  25. Fun, Karin. Great life metaphor. We’re just a mile or so from the track as trains roll in along the Truckee river from Sacramento. I can stop and listen to life chugging along many times a day. (and night).

  26. Susan Says:

    Hey! It’s an elephant morphing into a train on a track morphing into that animal who persists . . . my favorite children’s book re-narrated in its own language. Thank you, K, for thoughts and images all year long. Happy New Year.

  27. stuartmcphersonpoet Says:

    Karin, apologies its taken me so log to get here & happy new year! this is SO cool…and its not a ‘sort of’ poem, it IS a poem!! and its awesome…wish i could think about something so creatively. Like the sentiment as well….sometimes we keep travelling on the same path until something breaks or hits us and we HAVE to change, this will be stuck in my head ALL day…love it

  28. stuartmcphersonpoet Says:

    the picture is awesome too!

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