A FREIGHT TRAIN’S FARE

December 13, 2007
By Stephanie Deen, Jonesboro, AR

Flittering, fluttering- the
Beautiful butterfly brightened
Up a freight train’s foggy
Steam swelling into the sunset.
Chugga, chugga, choo choo!
Boxcars bellowed below the brilliant
Colors- crimson, cobalt, copper, canary.
Watchmen waving as the train whisked
By friendly faces of 1950-
High heels and sock hops,
Chrysler, Dodge, and Dapper Dan’s,
Highway Hymns and handkerchiefs-
Vanishing into the velvety veneer sky.
Melodious mountaintops murmuring
The taunt tones in the night,
Broken by the bustling freight train...
Flittering, fluttering- the
Beautiful butterfly brightened
Up a freight train’s foggy
Steam swelling into the sunrise.


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