The Train

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.


The two of them were tied, back to back. Their feet were tied too, and they were in the middle of the track. From a distance, he watched them struggle against the tight knots.

He watched them look for what they knew would come. He smiled. It would happen any moment now.

He laughed, hearing the sound of the train that chugged toward the two of them. Only he saw the fear in their eyes, and heard their screams as the engine hit them with a quick dull thud.

And then he turned toward me and said, “Daddy, train dash people.”

And proudly showed me the engine of his toy train set which had dashed against his sister’s dolls.


To write 26 days in a month on a theme, a moral support is quite useful I feel. This year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 23, the word chosen by me was TRAIN.


(23rd April 2014)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

26 thoughts on “The Train

  1. I totally get this with S keeping on dashing his cars and all. Was really wondering though who cloud be as sinister as this until I read the last two lines 🙂

  2. Awee 🙂 That’s cute 🙂 Initially it sounded a cruel play, then the ‘ daddy’ came in as a sweet surprise 🙂

    • Yeah, Sree. It was inspired by a memory from my childhood too. I used to guide my remote control cars to dash my li’l sister’s doll 😀 Then she’d complain to my mom, who’d laugh. We’d make up, and go have some icecream or something. 🙂 it was a time to be cute. and we were.

  3. Ack!! That’s inappropriate behavior to teach a child!!
    And then we wonder where we went wrong as parents when our children show violent tendencies.. sigh!

    nicely expressed Leo.. The kid has a scary future! :-/

    • No. I disagree, Pixie 🙂 A little boy dashing a toy train against his sister’s dolls isn’t indicative of violence. He does it because he feels it is cute. Childhood is when we’re cute and innocent. I used to be fond of cars, and my sis of dolls. I used to irritate her like crazy. Dash her dolls with my cars. Neither of us imbibed violence from it. It’s what we learn after that innocence goes off a bit, we’re schooled… that matters to stop learning violence. When you are 5 years old, u do it coz it feels cute, not because it is violent.

    • When he does it when he’s 4 or 5 years old, Afshan, he’s just being cute. looking to make his parent smile, not feeling that it is violent. 🙂 He’ll be told not to dash of course, told why. It’ll be how his character takes shape. But he doesn’t do it coz he has a violent streak in him. 🙂

  4. Ha! I did not see that one coming. The nice thing about this piece was that, I knew a twist was coming up and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to know what it was. Lovely engagement with the reader. Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

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