Bella Shuns the Tube

Bella Shuns the Tube

Bella never takes mass transit. She walks another path.
She hitchhikes every day to work from Chippenham to Bath.
For years, it’s true that she has harbored quite a misconception.
I know because I happened to be there at its inception.

She was just a little girl when her father Rube
drove her by the underground and labeled it “the tube,”
She had visions of sink drains, sucking people down
from somewhere in the country to disgorge them in the town.

As a father teaches, so a daughter will be taught.
A plethora of worries overcame her at the thought.
So, as to travelling in the tube? Unlikely that our Bella might.
for when it comes to subways, I fear she is a thelemite!

 

Prompt words today are misconception, plethora, thelemite (one who does as he or she pleases,) transit and path. Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash. Used with permission.

17 thoughts on “Bella Shuns the Tube

  1. Mason Bushell

    My mother went on the tube once, it terrified her so much she won’t even go near the steps down now!
    A silly yet wonderful poetic story that gave me a smile to read. Well done.

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      1. Mason Bushell

        Thats the best bit about the prompts. They allow and force us to write about things we otherwise wouldn’t. They provide a wonderful challenge and work out for the writing muscles. They make us better writers without even realsiing it.

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  2. angloswiss

    I grew up with the tube. It was the way to get places in London. It was just a way of life for us Londoners. I remember when Mr. Swiss visited London with me, I had to guide him everywhere, otherwise he would quickly have got lost. As London has changed over the years, I am not sure which station this is: probably the bank or Mansion House, as ithe badge showing on the metal is that of the City of London.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I’m just relieved to know that it is, in fact, London! Do you know of any places closer to Bath that the underground stops or is it only a none-stop run from London to Bath? I had trouble finding any info on stops between.

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  3. SAM VOELKER

    Oh where did this one come from~? When you mentioned Chippenham to Bath, I immediately said “though close, they are a bit too far apart to walk”, and second, there is no tube between them…. You must take the bus or try to drive it, negotiating those “roundabouts” backwards which are actually more dangerous than the tube. The locals cut across and I always missed the proper exit, going around and around, because you must stay inside until your exit is next~!

    Now about that tube, the dangerous part, for us Americans, is the stairway~! With those Limeys always in a hurry, yelling at you: “get on the right side Yank~!” Now I thought I was ON the “right side”~! All in all, once I learned the proper stations, (they have a little map above the windows showing the stations, (better than New York or Paris), I actually enjoyed it, and even learned that the right side (to them) is actually the left side~!

    So Bath is really an interesting town, but Chippenham seemed to just be one of those bedroom places~! (I bet there are street stations in London by those names too). Did you know that to be a taxi driver in London, you must know all the street locations by memory, before you can get a license~? PS: my son Mark lived in Chippenham but his office was in Bath~!

    Ps: I actually got a note from Adelle Cordero, I hope I have made a break through~!
    SAM

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      The train goes through an underground tunnel between Chippenham and Bath.. That’s as close as I could get to seeing what towns the underground stops at between Paddington and Bath. Took me longer to research than to write the poem! Ha. And I didn’t say she walked. I said she hitchhiked..Only walks if she’s unsuccessful. Thanks for reading and commenting..If you know of any near town the underground stops at before Bath, I’d appreciate the info. Did Adelle know you’ve been looking for her?
      J

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      1. Jesska

        The underground (as in ‘tube’) only runs in London.. some of the other trains (connecting London to everywhere else) go through tunnels for short stretches of the journey but don’t count as tube/underground trains..

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Thanks, Jessica..I’ll have to work on the inconsistencies when I have a minute.. Doing a dozen things at once right now getting ready to leave for a month..Perhaps I’ll get to it on the plane.

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