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Diesel Power Wonderment
by Vivian L Dawson

Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.
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~An American Dream~

Take me Mighty train, where
the awe of rivers run free
and the mountains protect
the valleys that are dressed
in stimulating orange with
optimistic golden trees,
passing just outside my
picture window seat

Engineering wonder
diesel powered engine,
sleek red body snaking
on rails a thunder, while
whistle shrieks warning
foreboding train rushing
ahead, so much to view,
roused am I to be here

This journey to nowhere and
everywhere, challenges my
reality to be imagination alive

Take my ticket, Conductor,
Please, I am here for the ride
of my lifetime!!

(c) Diesel Power Wonderment
Vivian L. Dawson

(Locacation added...thanks to Dick)



Black River Crossing
Situated in east central Arizona in Greelee,
Graham and Gila Counties, the Black River flows
through Apache Sitgreaves National Forest and
the San Carlos Apache Reservation near the
towns of Eagar, Alpine and Fort Apache. The
nearest significant town is Safford a few miles
to the south. The headwaters are just a few miles
west of the New Mexico state line. Flagstaff is
about 180 miles to the northwest. Phoenix and
Tucson are each about 225 miles away to the
west and southwest, respectively. 









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Reviewed by ANNA CLOUTIER (Reader) 8/4/2011
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/4/2011
Marvelous Sentiments - I've taken many a cross country journey on the rails, and I've enjoyed every one of them. I've also been to the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest area and enjoyed that, too.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/3/2011
I'm aboard, you took me there..stunning poetry, I have a daugther in Phoenix, would love to see this, love the line "This journey to nowhere and everywhere"....just along for the ride!
Reviewed by Cliff Long (Reader) 8/3/2011
What a wonderful poem. I can't wait for fall to see the colors you convey. I've only taken trains in Germany, where the site is mostly the medieval towns.

The best part was analyzing the entire's experience of a train ride. You're really getting good Vivian, keep it up.
Reviewed by Joy Hale 8/3/2011
A captivating and most enjoyable poem! I used to travel by train often in the 50's and 60's, but your picture is a far more beautiful sight than most trips I made. This poem brought me back to a simple pleasure I enjoyed so much! A fun read.

Joy L. Hle
Reviewed by Rory Dall (Reader) 8/3/2011
You have managed to convey the inexorable progress of a train without the usual convention of using meter; even Auden and Eliot didn't try that one. The reader is carried along in that window seat sharing your ride of a lifetime.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/3/2011
Ah, yes indeed, the rails and the comfort of the cars so lavishly adorned. The countryside rushing, and yep, that whistle sound. Nothing in the world quite like it.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 8/3/2011
Wonderfully written poetry and a beautiful picture indeed a great write Laura
Reviewed by Richard King 8/3/2011
Ms. Dawson, I don't know where this train ride took place, but the captivatingly wonderful description takes me back home to the northern reaches of Michigan. Lovely.... Thanks Dick

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