Weekly WAV

Poem 134 of 230: RAWTENSTALL - SPRING 2001

A whistle’s “okay, go” scream,
Plus the sight and sound of steam
Against a stone tunnel-wall,
On the track to Rawtenstall.

High up from where I now dwell,
A much narrower Irwell
Flows past Rawtenstall’s station -
Making its own Bury run.

Turning to view a wide ridge,
I walked to Weavers’ Cottage,
Whose staff enlightened me on
How wool was spun and woven.

Climbing past strong stone-houses,
I found the slope for skiers,
And the place for which I’d come -
Rossendale Museum.

Set within Whitaker Park,
This museum holds fine-art,
Old furniture and fashion,
Plus a species collection.

Again with stops for the sights,
I stepped down Rawtenstall’s heights
To where track and river wed -
The train ready with a head…

(C) David Franks 2003