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A Lonesome Wail

A Lonesome Wail

-by BR Chitwood-

A long lonesome wail of a moonlight train whistle…

The clapping/slapping of steel wheels on steel rails…

Seem for some the quixotic movements of the Soul…

Transports to the stuff of adventure, romance, love…

A sad transit to unstoppable tears of remembrance…


For some, merely interruptions to bland activities…

For others, those of troubled hearts and memories…

That plaintive sound awakens the heart to lost love…

To a path urged to follow but reluctantly not taken…

To an urgent unbearable loss, a desperate suffering…


For the strong of heart, a train wail is simply noise…

A warning to stay off the tracks ‘til Silence returns…

An unwelcome sound that spoils the busy moments…

Can it be? The whistle of a train can define a person…

Humbly, truly, I do submit that it surely must be so…

By BR Chitwood – October 16, 2020


10 comments on “A Lonesome Wail

  1. Good one, Billy Ray.

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    1. B R Chitwood says:

      My grandpappy was a foreman for the L&N RR – trains ran within fifty yards of his ‘section house’…guess I can blame GranPap for my wanderlust and Romantic ways…

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      1. I guess you come by it honestly, Billy Ray.

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  2. Great writing, Billy Ray.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B R Chitwood says:

      My weekend MADE! Thanks, buddy…

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  3. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    beautifully said, Billy. I think we’ve all heard our train’s whistle.

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    1. B R Chitwood says:

      At least, many of us! Thanks, dear Denise…

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