British Rocket Railways
I was on a coach-based journey
And sat near- a busy man,
Who held an open notebook
Which was headed 'Master-Plan'.
This attracted my attention
But he noticed this and smiled.
He said that he was an inventor –
Though his work was frequently filed.
Yet he felt that his latest notion
Was credible, cheap and clear,
As it was a rocket system
That sped through the stratosphere.
F or rocket trains or aircraft,
Moving fast at constant speed,
Could link all major centres
In a single loop or ring.
There would be suction units
To take passengers in queues
To or from the railway stations –
Through special-purpose tubes.
He said this would be simple,
That the public would be pleased
With British Rocket Railways –
A reality – no dream.
But he left at a busy centre.
Though he may be waiting still –
At that doorway marked 'Inventors
Of devices meant to thrill'.
© Sidney Morleigh 2004