The People Of Carriage 3

October 24, 2014
By ceceliajsavoy BRONZE, Tadley, Other
ceceliajsavoy BRONZE, Tadley, Other
3 articles 1 photo 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
'We are just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year. Running over the same old ground, what have we found? The same old fear; wish you were here' - Pink Floyd


Carriage 3 - The silent carriage.
That’s them, the people of carriage 3!
Soundlessly they board the 7:42 from Basingstoke
Not saying a word- It fits
Silent people for the silent carriage.

They have a connection- all together.
A bond of no words unites every one of them,
They are one- simultaneously typing, reading or staring;
They spend the hour or so to the capital
Part of the silent community of carriage 3.

But if you dare to sit in Carriage 3,
While chattering heedlessly away on a phone
Or engaged in another occupation
Where any form of talk happens to occur
You are an outsider to be got rid of by the people of Carriage 3.

These quiet people take it in turns to eject a violator
To them- it is a duty, and an important one.
The rightful purging of sinners
Sinners who have dared to speak in a sea of silence
From the sacred grounds of Carriage 3.

First it’s the disapproving stares from everyone.
Then the stares turn hostile, enraged and angry.
If you have not got the message by then,
Too engrossed in heaps of gossip to care
The people of Carriage 3 go into phase two.

Phase 2: one of them stands, and points
Finger jabbing at a clear sign on a wall
That reads, ‘No talking in the Silent Carriage’
Still- no sound is uttered, not even a ‘shhh’
From the dedicated members of the silent carriage.

Phase 3 is simple: another member taps your arm
Leads you gently, yet firmly down the aisle
To the door, leading to carriage 4.
Then that member walks back to his seat with pride.
Thankful, jubilant (and inaudible) looks are passed between
The silent people of Carriage 3.

Carriage 3- the silent carriage
That’s them- the people of carriage 3
Noiselessly they board the 21:12 at Waterloo
Not saying a word- it fits
Silent people for the silent carriage.

The author's comments:

My Uncle is a member of Carriage 3. They travel from Warwickshire to London everyday, but the only time they have ever spoken to each other was when the train broke down. They chatted freely in the taxi they arranged, but on the train the next morning they didnt acknowledge each other. Just to highlight the silly conventions of British, and all society.

Similar Articles


This article has 3 comments.

on Apr. 5 2015 at 1:11 pm
ScarletIce4695 GOLD, Karachi, Other
13 articles 1 photo 57 comments
its a really really good poem...!

on Apr. 3 2015 at 4:39 pm
The_DoctorDonna PLATINUM, Anytown, Iowa
44 articles 2 photos 105 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says 'I'm Possible'"

Oooh I really like this. It flows pretty well and it tells a great story with the repetition of silence to tie it all together. Great job!

LadyZ SILVER said...
on Jan. 4 2015 at 10:59 am
LadyZ SILVER, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
5 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
From the movie adaptation of Going Postal, "The only problem with having a bright tomorrow is getting through the night before."

This piece had an engaging title and created good images that were a bit creepy and funny at the same time.

MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!