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Hello poets, thanks for stopping by. I hope your July has been eventful as it flies by.

The past month has found me cycling nearly 500 miles along old railroad trails ( rails-to-trails ) where abandoned tracks are turned to recreational use. Railroads are intermingled with American history and any trek down one touches the past and the present. The Michelson trail in the Black Hills boomed along with the gold rush of 1874, and then faded just like the mines. The KATY trail in Missouri followed the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to open up the West for farmers and immigrants. Pullman, a city in Chicago became a failed utopia following a rail-road strike ( you can read about Pullman here or on wikipedia ). There’s a sort of purity to cycling and cycling leaves space for reflection. As I rode back from Pullman trying to decide if the founder was a humanitarian visionary or robber-baron the words of Arlo Guthrie’s song “City of New Orleans” came to mind

And the sons of Pullman porters
And the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel

What a beautiful metaphor. Another train poem is by Robert Lewis Stevenson, and in this one his words help us feel the movement and speed of the train.

From A Railway Carriage

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

So, today’s prompt is to think back on your life or your ancestor’s lives and write about trains.

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