Deauville to Newcastle

Travel broadens the bum and narrows the tolerance
(Hurry up and wait, Hurry up and wait)
leads to somewhere, you hope
(Hurry up and wait, Hurry up and wait)
in God’s good time if there’s no headwind  so the plane is late
and your luggage tips onto the belt when it should
instead of last to arrive
(so you Hurry up and wait)

If your train is on time, you’ve missed it.
(Hurry up and wait, Hurry up and wait)
No seats to be found for the hour and a half  ’til the next one
in scruffy old New Street
(march up and down while you wait)
(lean on a grubby pillar while you wait)
(observe human nature while you wait)

When the one oh five at last arrives, you struggle against a tide
of hurrying crowds with inconvenient packages and prams
(so you wait for a space, and you wait)
You climb aboard at last and the luggage racks are full
(so you wait for a smiling face who helps)
Your reserved seat is on the train you missed
(so you wait for a seat un-graced by another)

Cross country trains have a habit of stopping.
Frequently.  At ill-considered stations,
with a detour via Wakefield and Leeds
(so until your destination, you wait)
By this time you’re hungry and thirsty
(for the trolley to arrive, you wait)
Um! An egg sandwich, bottle of warer, £5
I could feed a family on that for a week.
You’re tired and cold  (so you wait)
’til your heart gives a jump at the sight of the Tyne
that Bridge, the glass domes of the Sage at Gateshead

You’ve arrived.

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The Hutt Family from Northumberland
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32 Responses to Deauville to Newcastle

  1. kaykuala h says:

    Chuckles! Like your style in this one VIv! Looking through the looking glass where all the seriousness are all turned into lighter moments of wit and humor. Great write Ma’am!


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  2. X says:

    Haha. There is a certain relief of arriving. Sometimes I think we make vacation so hectic that we need a vacation from vacation. SO much sitting will definitely broaden the bum. Hopefully we dont go into other cultures though expecting them to be the same as ours though, and providing for our every need as if we were home. There is def adventure in the different and learning to get by. The money differences are one head ache though and you have to watch those places that will rook the traveller. Like Mexico, you have to know that bartering is a part of the relationship between the seller and buyer – or you will pay too much. And the free drinks (tequilla shots) at the jewelry store are all part of the game as well. Ha. Be careful, you will end up with a hang over and a bunch of knock off jewelry. Lol.

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  3. Sumana Roy says:

    could feel the relief in the end…the repetition works so well…

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  4. thotpurge says:

    Like the way you’ve woven this poem…with all that waiting in parentheses… (lovely) 🙂

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  5. irmi says:

    Last but not least I want to comment about your poem on traveling, I was attracted to when I first entered your blog. It’s great, Viv! I love it. This repeatedly “Hurry up and wait” gives a very lively moment to it and reminds me to an old steam engine – I remember that times well, where patience was maybe not (yet) a much used word but just implicit as normal in relation to traveling. This repetition in comparison to steam trains is intended in your poem, isn’t it? – Love the last two lines: finally arrived to the so patiently awaited and beloved place. – Have a nice day, Viv!

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  6. ninotaziz says:


    I thought the waiting…being at the station. Watching people hurrying and bustling was half the fun. And to finally arrive…smiles

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  7. willow sloan says:

    I love the feeling of satisfaction at the end … and that wonderful opening line.

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  8. kanzensakura says:

    I did so enjoy used, and I mean used, to enjoy train travel, like flying. It was different then but now all is so much about hurry scurry, dragging these elephant sized bags on board in the way….it just isn’t what it used to be. You hit the nail square on the head with this one.

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  9. You express to a tee my feelings about travel, Viv. The last train ride I had was in France, but I think I’d much prefer that mode of travel to flying. I guess it’s the waiting and all the security procedures that make it such a trial.


  10. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Bless you, Viv, for telling us “the rest of the story”. for so many have chosen the mystic, magical & romantic view of Trains, & for sure, the dark of the moon holds horrors unseen, & untold.

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  11. OMG! Mass Transportation Trains of moving human LIFE
    are driving me insane.. but oh.. no longer a commute
    of car for me to work again..
    oUch! before.. the farmers
    and foragers.. swirl around
    the field of gathering hunts..
    in feats of feet so
    strong and light
    to move across
    skeyes in human
    light.. what mass
    brings it takes
    away.. ’cause and
    effect.. what is
    is most
    less and
    what is less
    is often besTEST
    STUFF of ALL ReAlly
    ENcouraging Ways
    on sidewalk


  12. billgncs says:

    Viv – this is delightful… when we traveled by train is Italy many years ago, we never were sure if we were on the previous train late, or the next train early.

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  13. Ron. says:

    Our return trip, last autumn, from visiting Sandra’s southern daughter was like this. Maddening. And I didn’t really enjoy the six-dollar hot dogs we got in the “salon car” because we were starving, either.

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  14. Sounds like a very hard trip. Hurry up and wait is like a meditation mantra. Hope things look up tomorrow.

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  15. restlessjo says:

    And hard going though it was, you made it! Welcome ‘home’ Viv 🙂

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  16. catterel says:

    I know that so well – though old New Street should soon be gleaming with glamour 🙂

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  17. Candy says:

    I could feel the building frustration until your destination was in sight

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  18. granny1947 says:

    That was so descriptive.
    Reminds me of computers.
    They were supposed to speed things up.
    Now you just get excuses that the system is down or we are offline or the computer is still booting up.
    So, like you, we wait.

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  19. kaykuala h says:

    So there is a lot of waiting along the way. Hank once had to go to Cranfield from London and made the mistake of taking the All Stations train. It was most frustrating! Well penned Viv!


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  20. Misky says:

    Wishing you a lovely visit that allows you to be well rested. Love Marilyn xx


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  21. Arrived, tired and weary of trains…welcomed warmly with smiles and hugs. Enjoy your visit

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