afternoon post, july 7, 2015

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The Durbin Route:  1919

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The train moved certainly

like the turning of the Earth

and in a line

like time.

 

In and out of the shade of the forest

nearing and then turning away

from the little river.

 

In 1919, it would stop

at Carlton Shoal to pick up milk

from the four farmers there.

 

In that early day and

on those early mornings

there was no crew to load the heavy, silver cans.

 

The farmers themselves swung them up

to the fireman and brakemen

who lined them against the bead and batten walls.

 

At the saw mill

four miles down the track

three cars bearing logs

oak and pine and poplar

were dropped at the wye-track

and two bearing green lumber

two by fours, two by sixes, two by eights

ten feet long

were linked up.

 

While the fifteen passengers waited

amazed at this commerce

and at the speed at which they passed

from town to town.

 

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Copyright 2015

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2 Responses to afternoon post, july 7, 2015

  1. Jenny Ellis says:

    Hey, You titles that “Jule 7” instead of “July” Nice poem. Je

    On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 12:13 PM Home Economics wrote:

    > labeak52 posted: ” . The Durbin Route: 1919 . The train moved > certainly like the turning of the Earth and in a line like time. In and > out of the shade of the forest nearing and then turning away from the > little river. “

  2. labeak52 says:

    Ooops. Good catch. Thank you.

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