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by Steve Joos

Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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I'm trying to do a list poem about railraods and towns in Illinois here, especially towns with railway-related museums and historical sites. As it seems with everything related to Illinois, Araham Lincoln seems to be not only the Great Emancipator, but also the Kevin Bacon of the state's history (more on that later). This is sort of a "Route 130 Boogie" with train whistles.

Union, Marengo,

Huntley, Elgin,

Harmony.

 

Stillman Valley, Byron,

Oregon, Mendota, Dixon.

 

Stockton, Elizabeth,

Galena, Princeton, Chitown.

 

Back and forth,all directions,

North and south, up and down.

 

No matter where you go,

every town along the rails,

across the prairie sing.

 

Rock Island, Tampico,

Amboy, Burlington, Walnut.

 

The lonesome rails

touched them all,

from chugging, staming dinosaurs

to gleaming streamlined flashes.

 

Galesburg, Kewanee,

Normandy, Ohio, Manlius.

 

Princeville, Edelstein,

Sparland, Henry, Lacon.

 

Chilli, Speer and Bradford,

Bureau to Peoria,

all the places on the road.

 

Villa Grove, Tolono,

Sadorous, Monticello.

 

All points east, all points west,

These diesel hulks brought the rest,

north and south.

 

Rock Island, Grand Detour,

Springfield.....

Some of the places on the rails

must be guardians of the tales

and heed the conductor's call.

 

And everywhere in the Prairie State,

along the rails, a name is whispered

 

Lincoln.  

 

 

 

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 12/10/2007
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/5/2007
Excellent work...thanks for taking me along!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 10/2/2007
Reminds me of the song "Chatanooga ChooChoo." It's a song from my mother's era. Great write.

Kathy
Reviewed by larry linville 10/2/2007
Didn't the Wabash run through Indiana? I lived between the Wabash and the Burlington. thanks for the memories.

Larry
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/2/2007
Great job on this Steve.
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