Our challenge for the meeting was to write in a genre, style or theme outside our comfort zone. So, I chose to write a poem (actually not a poem, but a lyric I stole from Johnny Cash).
It’s called Blue Goose Blues
I hear the train a-comin’, it’s rolling ‘round the bend
I ain’t been to Montague since I don’t remember when
Now it’s just a memory, the real train ain’t around
Lot of bad things happened since they ran it to the ground
The Blue Goose was somethin’ special when it moved along the track
I still hear that whistle blowin’, but it’s never comin’ back
Old engine number 19 is now museum bound
Only in my memory will I hear that lonesome sound.
The summers were a blessing, the excursion train was run
Our kids were the conductors, and had a lot of fun
They liked watchin’ Larry Bacon on his big-wheel ride
It brought in lots of tourists who would not be denied
Larry kept it goin’ and when he was no more
That whistle just stopped blowin’ and the Blue Goose closed its door
But I still hear that train a comin’, rollin’ around the bend
And I ain’t been to Montague since I don’t remember when.
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