Poetry … Silverbelle Susan

The Train To Edinburgh

by Susan Reid

At first we all stood,

held upright by our bags,

working to not lean

on strangers,

packed too tightly to truly succeed.

As the countryside whipped by backwards,

we grabbed the metal hand holds on the curves

and wondered

how our feet and backs would hold up.

We distracted ourselves

with pleasantries

“Where are you from?”

“What have you been doing here?”

“Where will you be going next?”

That slim, sympathetic slice

gave room

for each of us to find more comfortable spots

to lean, or sit on our bags,

The young men traveling together

from Canada, England and Texas

shared tic-tacs for lunch,

and saw to it

that a seat went to a passenger

who had been standing longest

At each stop

hopeful passengers looked in and turned away

Unless they were willing

to stand.

Rumor had it

there would be no more trains until


So a couple joined us

and were wedged in

There was camaraderie

and generosity

In our discomfort,

and some humor

as we watched the unsteady

beer drinking

bachelorette party

trickle unsteadily through

to the loo,

tide in-tide out.

We saw midriffs, belt buckles,

the same tee shirt

same shorts

again and again.

When the ride ended, we were glad.

but we will never forget

the sway of the train

leaning us all

Into one another

for a time.

Rhyming Wordle

[Am I the only person in the world who is annoyed by people who tell me how many tries it took them to complete today’s Wordle? And this is a stoopid poem that sounds like it was written by an ape. SB SM]

You can’t rhyme Wordle with an “i”

unless you wear a girdle.

You can’t rhyme Wordle with a “u”

unless you jump a hurdle.

You can’t spell Wordle with a “y”

unless you’re Larry Byrdle.

If you rhyme Wordle with an “e”

then you’re a Wordle Nerdle.

You can’t rhyme Wordle with an “a”

‘cuz “Fardle’s” not a wordle.

You could try it anyway,

but that would be absurdle.

Silverback Bill (Hinesburg SBs) is always good for a few well-chosen words:





plural noun: The innermost, secret, or hidden parts of something.


From Latin penetralia, from penetrare (to penetrate), from penitus (interior) + intrare (to enter). Earliest documented use: 1668.


“It soon becomes clear that the disappearances have something to do with the caves hidden in the penetralia of the surrounding forest.”
Time-Travel Drama Weaves a Tangled Web; Financial Times (London, UK); Jun 12, 2020.

“The most absolute lawlessness exists under the shadow of the tallest temples of the law, and in the penetralia of that society which vaunts itself as the supreme civilization of the world.”
Emerson Hough; Story of the Outlaw; Grosset and Dunlap; 1906.

See more usage examples of penetralia in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

Takes One to Know One Word of the Day:


Chances are you’ve been called worse, but has your dog? In this case, the label applies equally: eutherians are mammals that have a placenta, and thus comprise all mammals except the marsupials and a small and primitive order that includes echidnas and duckbilled platypi.

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