Oh, what a remarkable poem! I'm surprised it hasn't received any reviews yet. Anyway, definitely here to rectify that, because I think my love for this poem needs to be made known!
I love the overall light-heartedness that's portrayed right at the beginning of the poem. How Harry has come to enjoy his train rides, and how he enjoys the ride and the view and the sweets on the train. It has a sense of joy attached to it. I especially enjoyed these lines:
My friends all chatting happily,
My eyes are stuck on the beautiful scenery,
Speeding past rapidly.
It has to do with the rhyme scheme, I think, or maybe just the feelings conveyed, but somehow, this really was one of the most enjoyable lines to read. They describe two very different acts, not interconnected with one another except for the underlying emotion being conveyed, but really, they flow well here.
When I read Racing past the window, however, my mind just completely went to how life itself was like that-- racing past the window while you watch it go by. I don't know if you wished it to be so, but that was something that was prominently projected to my mind when I read those lines.
I loved the transition from the sheer sense of happiness which is portrayed in the beginning, to the quiet deliberation and sadness, mingled with some fear, perhaps, in the second half of the poem. Right from the change in weather, from it being all sunny to the rain, and how that brings about a change in Harry's mindset. Very well done!
The thought process that goes on in Harry's mind is another thing which I really liked. The worry, the sense of loss, the sadness in it all-- so much truth in it. Seven short years indeed. We can see how he contemplates on what all he has gained-- his new family, friends, and yet, there is this pain about the end and his worry over it all.
But, then, it's almost like he realises how short this journey is, and wants to enjoy it all over again. The ending lines ring so true-- he wants to be back to what it was like, and enjoy his short journey which he has now realised is not really going to last for long. It left in me mixed feelings of sadness and joy.
Really, a wonderful read!
Author's Response: Thank you! The "Racing past the window" part...that was exactly what I was going for. I'm so glad you noticed! I was trying to add something to the poem that the reader could interpret in their own way, or see in a different way. Thank you the wonderful comment. I'm glad you liked it! :)