A stop at Willoughby

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Based on the Twilight Zone episode of the same name.

Submitted: October 19, 2011

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Submitted: October 19, 2011



Gart Williams is stressed out at his job. Now he's having weird dreams on his train ride home.
Based on an original episode of the Twilight Zone.


Executive worker, Gart Williams,
Suffering at work from the strain,
Discovered he worked as a circle,
That uses square pegs for the game.

On the train, one evening, in winter,
He whipped up the strangest dream.
"Willoughby!" yelled a conductor,
For a summer town he'd never seen.

"How can this be?" said Williams.
"This station is not on the line?"
"Willoughby," said the conductor,
"Is a place for rest and resign."

Then, with a jolt, he awakened,
Unable to witness the place
Where peace of mind is the pay-off,
For living at life's slower pace.

The days were loaded with pressure.
The nights were deplorably sad.
His life at home was exploited
By a patronizing wife gone mad.

Time and again riding home,
In a restless mood he'd sleep.
Hearing the name of "Willoughby"
Now etched in his mind so deep.

But now, on this snowfall evening
He found himself back in the town.
"Willoughby!" stated the conductor,
"Where friends can always be found."

"I'd like to get off" said Williams,
"It seems like a wonderful place.
A good old summertime village,
With people I'd love to embrace."

And so with that he departed
Absorbed in a sleepwalkers roam,
Creating an appointment, unscheduled,
For the Willoughby funeral home.

Did he see the name in passing?
Was it floating around in his mind?
And who was the lone conductor,
Who gave him assurance each time?

Passengers claimed before leaping,
He sang out a song they had known.
One called "Beautiful Dreamer"
Now playing in the Twilight Zone.

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