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CNR 6213
by john k zimmerman

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She is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive
on static display in Toronto,
near the Ex



time was when my wheels were polished
by mile upon mile of steel rail;
when before my pilot lay the entire
Dominion, mare ad mare, sea to sea;
when with a fire in my belly and a head
of superheated steam at the throttle i
pounded the main, Halifax to Vancouver

time was when in smoke and thunder
I raced across the wide, rolling prairies
hauling fancy varnish or fast freight;
when people told time by my passing;
when the long lonesome sound of my voice
inspired school boys or broke a maidens heart.

But now cold and lonesome i lie in this park.
Cold. No steam, nor smoke, nor fire, now,
warmed only by the blessed, benevolent sun--
my track ends a foot beyond my couplers
lest the useless relic that Iíve become
get a run at it and break this prison...



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Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
This was wonderful, brought back some memories, love trains so much,

Reindeer
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
Very special John. Your poem put life and light back in this relic. GEM
Reviewed by Dens Dreamweaver (Reader)
Oh I really love this one John.. I had written one quit awhile ago about the caboose.. (smile) miss those too...

I can remember as a kid sitting at a train crossing, counting the train cars as they pass... and then singing the little red caboose song ;) Ahh I must be old..

Anywho.. Back to reality again.. Thanks for the memories..

Melanie
Reviewed by Erica Ivory
time was when in smoke and thunder
I raced across the wide, rolling prairies
hauling fancy varnish or fast freight;
when people told time by my passing;
when the long lonesome sound of my voice
inspired school boys or broke a maidens heart.

But now cold and lonesome i lie in this park.
Cold. No steam, nor smoke, nor fire, now,
warmed only by the blessed, benevolent sun--
my track ends a foot beyond my couplers
lest the useless relic that Iíve become
get a run at it and break this prison...

And now it can be a place for boys and girls to pretend.. it still goes on... just a dif path.


Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
Well written, great description.
Reviewed by jude forese
well done...
Reviewed by Kate Clifford
Good feel for what use to be :-)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
A chooc-chooc of a write......really nice John!!
Love
Tinka
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan
Lovely write.. can actually picture it....
Jenni
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Love those old trains. I ride them every chance I get. Bravo. Made me sad though. [smiles] There...I'm over it.

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