The train in Spain
Breaks mainly
On the plain…
That’s what I said
After it happened
On a hot day in August
As I chatted with a couple
From Copenhagen
My trip…a pilgrimage
A long-postponed
Viewing of a visionary…
Antoni Gaudí…the architect’s
Major works were there
Finally…to see them in person
On the long trek from Paris
Between the Spanish border
And my destination…
The train slowed…then stopped
Not another train to wait for
Just awaiting a fresh engine
I got the impression
It wasn’t an unusual event
But I’d go back
In a heartbeat


  1. suzannevcarey · April 26, 2017

    How exciting that must have been! Well written Robert!

    Liked by 1 person

    • artifiswords · April 26, 2017

      The destination was more fun, Suzanne. It was a beastly hot day on a stranded train with no air moving. But seeing Park Güell, La Sagrada Familia, and Gaudí’s apartment buildings made it worth the trip. I’d love to see them again, hoping La Sagrada Familia, the so-called “new cathedral” is completed before I’m no longer able to. Like other old cathedrals in Europe, it’s taking longer than the architect’s lifetime to build, after construction started in 1882. Let’s see…135 years and counting? Right on schedule. 😉

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