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Life to Live

Where have all the cabooses gone,
Red slab sided, cupola, curved roof, 
Friendly stove pipe hat, every kids wish,
Moveable tree house clickety-clacking
Cozily rolling across America
Snappy visored cap, brass buttons
Blue coat, wind whipped leaning out
One hand on the stanchion
Waving an all clear lantern, nights shining arc
Then crack, all along the line each
Snapping to attention each car in its turn
With a rattle rattle, huff and puff
Away it roars into childhood.
A memory of something important,
An ancient fondness now focused
A connection across the years
A tear, a smile for that railroading boy
Those years lavished, gone borrowed money
And now the dollars have all been spent
But the secret stays in the heart of hearts.                                                                         
Oh, I wish to go back to those days,                                                                               
To see the world for the first time,
In all its glory, the glory of a life yet to live.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2010 10:34:00 AM
    May your week bring you good health,may your heart overflow with love, and may your life bring you amazing inspiration to continue your writing. I enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry this morning and thank you for sharing it James. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/29/2010 6:55:00 AM
    Nostalgia enshrined! Enjoyed looking back with you!

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 5:25:00 PM
    I hate to critique! But read some of my poems and see if you want to count what I say to you. I really like this poem, its quite good, but I think the end (the last 3 lines) is weak, and takes away from the rest of the poem. It's sort of like the "And then I woke up!" at the end of a composition. Would you consider re-working just that part?

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 2:59:00 PM
    Nice memories of the past recollected in tranquility, James

  1. Date: 11/28/2010 2:06:00 PM
    really enjoyed your write sarah x