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Inspired Lines with Great Western Rail

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Great Western Railway (GWR) have done some research and found that in Britain, over a third of us feel we’ve lost our creativity as adults. I find that really sad and GWR decided it was time to do something about it.

Great Western Rail Inspired Lines Competition

The Great Western Rail Inspired Lines competition aims to get us all putting pen to paper. They’re asking us to write a short poem of a MAXIMUM of 50 words. The poem should be inspired by views from the train window on a GWR line.

To help promote the competition, Alex James from Blur has written his own poem. As a West Country resident, he’ll also be judging the entries to choose a favourite poem. The competition is open until 3rd November and the first 50 entries will win a free train journey. The overall winner gets a year’s free travel on a GWR line of their choice!

To read the terms and conditions, get some inspiration from Alex and submit your entry, head over to the GWR website. You can also check out some fellow poets using the hashtag #InspiredLines on Twitter.

Inspired Lines with Great Western Rail

We sometimes take a GWR train journey from Worcestershire, through the Cotswolds and down to London to see my sister. It’s such a beautiful area for a train to pass through I can see how people would draw inspiration from it. So I thought I’d have a go at my own 50 word poem inspired by our journey down to London.

London Calling

Keep running we’re late,

We leap on the train.

The doors close behind us,

It’s moving again.

Green fields roll past us,

The train trundles on,

Admiring the countryside,

Then it is gone.

We enter the town now,

The bustling sprawl.

London we’re coming,

We answer her call.

Inspired Lines with Great Western Rail

What train journey inspires you? Head over and share it with GWR for your chance to win!

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  1. Marianne Hopwood
    October 22, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Lovely 🙂 Good luck xxx

  2. david cavender
    October 24, 2016 / 5:01 am

    Looking out the window i ponder
    To this journey there is a purpose
    Leisure or work
    I sit back and wonder at all the faces engrossed
    Their thoughts travel with them
    Outside the glorious countryside beckons for a hike
    It’s a summer’s day
    I will come back and taste it’s delight.

  3. October 24, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Vooming to
    London different view we see
    nearer now less we see
    green fields, cows and sheep
    we arrive to a buzz and bustle
    folks funny chatting on their phones,
    everyone nearly jogging
    people watching, look at big ben
    people zooming! cars tooting?
    Loud, fast and full of colour

  4. October 24, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    That’s an amazing prize! I didn’t know your talents included poetry, you are full of surprises. Love it X

  5. Kyle Donnelly
    October 25, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    Every inch is a second nearer. Every step is a moment closer.
    Your journey is a path you walk. The paths of steel weave unseen but felt with every shift in direction.
    Short or long your story has yet to be written. But it’s writing itself as you push forward through the times.
    The destination more clear than the feeling than where you are now but you know you’re in safe hands.
    Nowhere but forward to go as your story writes itself with the spinning of the wheels and grinding of the metal.
    Gliding across the countryside you take flight in mind and body. Although you are lost now. The destination is always clear.
    The machine will take no pause until you are home once again. Wherever you are, whoever you were. You know where the story goes. Make it your own.


    I hope you all enjoyed I made this up on a lunch break XD This was fun either way best of luck to everyone.

  6. October 25, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I love going on the train, it’s so much more relaxing than driving and you see so much more as you go.

    Stevie x

  7. October 28, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Hi Nat, I like your poem. I’m not poetic in the least, even if I try. A year’s worth of train travel sounds like a prize worth winning though and I have my d=fingers crossed for you.


  8. Kathryn Cox
    November 1, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Headphones firmly in, luggage bundled overhead,
    Overnight train travel in upright surrogate bed,
    Lights in distance, reflections I can see,
    All on our own those midnight travellers and me,
    Russian Roulette with every station we clear,
    Falling asleep not an option as the destination we near.

  9. Tammy Neal
    November 3, 2016 / 10:45 am

    running late going to miss it you see,
    jumping on the train where else will we be,
    looking at the countryside the beautiful views,
    going so fast there’s nothing to loose,
    seeing different people getting on and off
    where will this take us ohhh no i better get off
    realising it was the wrong train i just got on
    another journey where has the time gone ?

  10. November 4, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Sounds good – shame I just missed this one.

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