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EXTRA 1521 South
by john k zimmerman

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Those who have heard of Moose Factory have heard of the Polar Bear Express, the tourist train. But the bread and butter train is the mixed train--

This poem has been cooking for a long time it is still in progress

Three days a week
I make the journey South;
three days a week
I run back north again....

I am the Little Bear,
The Cochrane Crawler,
Moosonee Mixed, the freight:
Mixed train to James Bay.

From Cochrane thru the bush
to Island Falls, Fraserdale,
Coral Rapids, Moose River Crossing
then on down north to Moosonee

I haul lumber and machinery,
food and fuel down to the Bay:
People up and down, people
dropped and picked up in the bush

Lifeline to a lonely land, me.
Through snow and forest fire
summer heat and sub-Arctic cold
down to the northern sea go I.

I am the Little Bear,
The Cochrane Crawler,
Moosonee Mixed, The Freight:
Mixed train to James Bay.

Three days a week
I make the journey South;
three days a week
I run back north again...
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Reviewed by jude forese 1/21/2004
vert precise imagery ... well written!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/21/2004
Choo-Choo train......enjoy the ride while the riding is good!!

Enjoyed this very much!!

Take care okay!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 1/21/2004
The romance of the rails personified!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/21/2004
I want to go too...leave that guy ED Kostro, and take me, I deserve it more, LOL! I wish I could just drive north in the motorhome someday, this was a little hint of what it will be like, write more of these, John...please, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by anne cunningham 1/21/2004
the little engine that could in a delightful landscape, that's for sure.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/21/2004
I'd love to ride her! Neat poem, John.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/21/2004
I could feel the journey. Great write!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/21/2004

any room for an extra passenger? i wanna go north (to see the northern lights--and you, of course LOL)

i loved this whimsical tale told from the unique perspective of a train. cleverly written, a wonderful write! *BRAVO, dear friend!*

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla. :)

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