Sunday, October 2, 2016

All Aboard

A  L  O  H  A !
“The restlessness and the longing, 
like the longing that 
is in the whistle 
of a faraway train. 
Except that the longing 
isn't really in the whistle—
it is in you.” 
                       Meindert DeJong

“I like trains. 
I like their rhythm, 
and I like the freedom 
of being suspended 
between two places, 
all anxieties of purpose 
taken care of: 
for this moment I know 
where I am going.” 
                      Anna Funder

“The train may fall in 
love with a station, but 
it has to go and it goes! 
Don’t be like the train; 
stay at the station 
you fell in love, 
go nowhere!” 
                      Mehmet Murat ildan

"Their memory's like a train: 
you can see it getting 
smaller as it pulls away 
And the things you can't remember 
Tell the things you can't forget 
that History puts a saint 
in every dream. "
                        Tom Waits


I missed trains;
Honolulu is just
building her first.

Sonoma Marin Area 
Rapid Transit
is road testing trains
to run later this year.

The whistle enchants me,
as do the geese honking
low over my house,
and the zesty cool
snap in the golden
afternoon air.

I'm a sucker
for October.

Hope yours is
high-balling* along!
          Fondly, cloudia

Favorite Train Songs:
What's YOURS?

* "HIGHBALL—Signal made by waving hand or lamp in a high, wide semicircle, meaning "Come ahead" or "Pick up full speed." Verb highball or phrase 'ball the jack means to make a fast run. Word highball originated from old-time ball signal on post, raised aloft by pulley when track was clear. 

HIGHBALL ARTIST—A locomotive engineer known for fast running."


Elephant's Child said...

We once lived on a property which had a train track running through the bottom paddock. I loved listening to the trains - particularly in the early morning.

biebkriebels said...

That is a pretty modern train with nice colours.

Teresa said...

Those trains look like BART trains. Does Amtrak run near you? My favorite is the Surfliner Amtrak line from San Diego up north. It runs along the ocean, and you get wonderful views of the ocean and surfers and beaches.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for the tip. Your comments cheered me especially today. Love you pals

William Kendall said...

I can't think of a train song, but this one looks well looked after.

Mike said...

I like trains. A lot.

RedPat said...

I love a train ride! We have train tracks across the road and you really don't pay attention to them although I often hear the 5:30 AM train & then know what time it is.

Cloudia said...

Thanks! Yes, we tell time by them too :)