Cloggy’s Ghost: A #villanelle

Once upon a time in Blackpool town
There was a man who worked on the ghost train:
They say that Cloggy’s ghost still wanders round

He took the lever and he pushed it down
The ghost train sprung to life in sun and rain:
Once upon a time in Blackpool town.

Sometimes he wore a smile, sometimes a frown:
The riders cried in fright, as if in pain!
They say that Cloggy’s ghost still wanders round.

Some people took him for a frightful clown
And he looked for respect, but all in vain
Once upon a time in Blackpool town.

His hair was black, his eyes were darkest brown
his face so ugly he could not be vain
They say that Cloggy’s ghost still wanders round.

And now I step aboard, the lever’s down
But no hand holds the lever in the rain
They say that Cloggy’s ghost still wanders round
like once upon a time in Blackpool town.

Photo credit: Christophe Badoux, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

And Here’s A link To My Cloggy’s Ghost Story.

And this poem is for The Eif Poetry Challenge A villanelle.

Also linking to dVerse Open Link Night Live!

36 thoughts on “Cloggy’s Ghost: A #villanelle

  1. Congratulations, Benji, on an excellent result in the poetry challenge and a well-constructed, spooky villanelle – my favourite kind! I’ve been on a few ghost trains, but not the one in Blackpool; I’ll add it to my list of places to visit. 😊

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  2. This is absolutely amazing, Benji! 😀 I love the repetition of “Once upon a time in Blackpool town.” A classic touch to a skillfully woven Villanelle 💝💝

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