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15-AUG-2018 Carol J Phipps

Contrails And Train Whistles

Unplayed games of tic tack toe
crisscross the sky. It's a fine day to fly.
A flight path rises from Standiford Field.
It thins and spreads directly overhead,
prompting thoughts of faraway places.
It disappears toward Chicago,
as insubstantial yet as real as dreams.

Train whistles once inspired wanderlust
in us. Today they stir memories.
Everyone past a certain age has a story.
I had a friend who hopped
aboard a caboose when he heard
they'd soon be taken off the tracks.
He got kicked off in Cincinnati
and someone had to go get him.

Some years back the local paper
carried the story of a woman who told
her husband she'd always wanted to go
to Opryland. For her next birthday he gave
her a roundtrip ticket to Nashville
on the L & N. On the way home
she disappeared between Lebanon Junction
and Louisville. Her luggage arrived without her.
Sometimes dreams come true in unexpected ways.

--Elaine Parker Akin

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
1/160s f/4.5 at 22.5mm iso500 full exif

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Jim Coffman21-Feb-2019 16:04
Nice image of this old caboose ! They seem to be a thing of the past..
Mieke WA Minkjan18-Aug-2018 12:28
lovely poem AND PHOTO V
jeanb16-Aug-2018 15:52
Ah, caboose. Something you only see as a museum piece now.
LynnH16-Aug-2018 11:29
Wonderful poem. I miss cabooses too. V
cits_4_pets16-Aug-2018 04:46
Great poem to go with the wonderful caboose shot. Nice colors and angle.v
laine16-Aug-2018 00:49
a lovely red caboose, Carol.
larose forest photos16-Aug-2018 00:05
What a beautifully photographed image, vibrant in colour and with stories to tell. Love the poem. V
Wintermeer15-Aug-2018 21:32
Simply excellent! ~V~
Margot W15-Aug-2018 21:16
What evoking tales you tell. I have seen a few little cabooses in my time. I was always too young to have hopped them but it would have been an adventure. Love the little red caboose.
Dennis Hoyne15-Aug-2018 20:52
I sure miss seeing freight trains with wooden boxcars and red cabooses. A really neat find! V
Jacob S 15-Aug-2018 20:25
LOL! Good storytelling. I like trains. Brilliant red caboose here.
Jim Coffman15-Aug-2018 20:02
Amazing color and very sharp...
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