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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…

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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…

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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

https://www.brchitwoodcom

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.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Great writing, Billy Ray.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B R Chitwood says:

      My weekend MADE! Thanks, buddy…

      Liked by 2 people

  3. D.L. Finn, Author says:

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

    Liked by 1 person

    1. B R Chitwood says:

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

      Liked by 2 people

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