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Chug, Chug---Chug, Chug
by Jon Michael Willey

Sunday, March 09, 2008
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A tale of mechanical duty?

Black and sooty

Unburned coal rich, smoke

Belches, puffs and swirls

Into hot summer air

The shriek of a steam whistle

Raises a mighty din, decibles above

A powerful locomotive's spinning wheels

Bite into steel rails with determination

West Virginia mountainside

Is offering powerful resistance

The engineer wants to make his engine dance

Up the long haul, pull, pull, pull

Log laden cars and gravity

A conspiracy that would deny

The engine's proud stance

Logging train high atop Cass

Moving certain, but not fast

For her water and coal she'll toil

'Til her water is a steamy boil

Cogs meshing with twisting despair

Shafts with great power spinning

Move along, she's a winning

She won't quit, she won't quit, she won't quit

Through the switchbacks up and back

Heaving her load up that singing track

Shudder, puff and chug

When the round trip is done

Water we'll give her,a mighty big slug

Chug, chug---chug, chug



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/17/2011
So well done, Jon; I can barely remember a steam engine from when I was a child back in northern Alberta; I particularly remember the whistle and the smoke. Thank you for sharing, my friend. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/11/2008
Brought back some memories with this one!!

I remember my eldest when she was a baby....would alwas close her eyes and go to sleep when I told her the choo-choo is coming!!

Hubby worked for thr railways many moons ago!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/10/2008
Oh my this is so delightful, bringing all the sounds of the train chugging up the mountain path hauling its weighted cargo. Love trains, always have. Makes no difference whether steam, deisel, electric, coal, thought I admit I love those deisel trains as they can get through just about anything so much better.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/10/2008
Wish everyone had the opportunities to ride them more often! As it is, it seems hard to find a place where they run with any frequency. Right?
Reviewed by Rebecca Lerwill 3/10/2008
Great imagery here! I was happy to see the spike being chosen for the Utah quarter!
Great poem.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 3/10/2008
This poem reminds me of a childs positive feeling within, "I think I can, I think I can etc.
I love trains! When I decide to journey on one...
Awesome imagery depicted Jon!
Write On!
CONGRATULATIONS! ON yorur 1st. book too!
Onward and Upward! :)
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Lady Shexooo
STay Positive!
STay STrong!
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 3/9/2008
I can see this determined train, rewarded with a slug,, Excellent Jon!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/9/2008
You brought it to life Jon with superb imagery, I was chugging along with the little engine that could!Thanks! ET
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/9/2008
Hello Jon,
Like Ron Said I at first thought Brew Pops (beer) also :)
Then I seen the Steamy Black Iron Maiden
Great Words To Depict Her.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/9/2008
At first I thought beer. Our paths cross again. During the summer of '76 I had the good fortune to ride the flatbed car next to the belching engine of the Cass Cog Railway. It was an inspiring afternoon that was never duplicated on other locomotives I've tried.

You've captured the essence of that beautiful, sunny day. Thanks.

Reviewed by John Leko 3/9/2008
...train of thought...goes beyond words...dancing into memories of its readers...and their childhood of forever love of rails.
great images and descriptive style Jon...
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/9/2008
Reminds me of, "I think I can, I think I can."
You've described the mighty locomotive very well.
Have a great day Jon..
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/9/2008
I love trains - too bad everyone is in a hurryhurry to get anywhere - nothing better than seeing the countryside by rail. You bring back powerful memories with this one, Jon, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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