Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Train

Curled up in the open bay window,
she watched as the moon glinted
through traveling clouds.

Whimsy
was her nature,
but tonight she felt mostly alone.
It was the whistle.

That long slow
whistle held her attentionon
this cold November night.
She pictured hobos and tar.
She smelled the odor of black coal and diesel.
She could feel the rumbling thumps
of the wheels as they moved
along the tracks --
the monotonous sound of that

one loose tie
as the train rumbled to places unknown;unseen.
Her mind began to imagine stars speeding by
in open boxcars;
the crisp smell of fresh air and trees --
the feeling of freedom.

She closed her eyes against the night
and concentrated on the sound
of that
long slow whistle.

It meant places not visited
and people not known.
It not only meant freedom but a feeling of being
totally,
totally
alone.
The train moved on as she sat there,
not completely frozen by the sound
as her hand on the windowpane kept time
with the steady
thump,
thump,
thump
of that one loose tie.

2 comments:

Shadowrite said...

There was such a feeling of longing in this one; the beat combined with emotion made reading this especially enjoyable!

anna said...

Who has never heard that lonesome whistle and thought these same thoughts. I don't think there is anything that gives a person quite that same feeling.

Loved this one Roberta!