This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku295 – night train
the briefly lit lives
The haiku was by Mark Gilfillan. He was one of the panelists at the Naviar Haiku Fest in London last October. He’s a member of the British Haiku Society and has been writing haiku and senryu for around seven years, His first collection Ghost Moon received positive reviews from esteemed American haiku Journal Frog Pond and the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit.
I imagine myself sitting on a hill at night, watching as a train approaches. Passing me, I think of all of the lives on the train, each living in their own distinct worlds, alone but touching others. The train then fades into the night.
Night Train was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.