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I lie awake and listen

To that lonesome whistle sound,

And I can’t help but wonder

Where that long black train is bound.


Then slumber overtakes me,

And I dream that it is I

Listening to the clicking wheels,

As scenery rolls on by.


I’m looking out the window

Where night has turned to day.

The fields of grain are waving

In their timeless rhythmic way.


The windows frame such splendor

For the travelers on the train . . .

The mountains mighty grandeur,

And an arid dessert plain.


Scenery takes my breath away

With roaring waterfalls,                            

Trestled bridge across a gorge,

And cliff-side’s rugged walls.


Cityscapes and country scenes,

Formations here and there,

Lakes, rivers, and tiny streams . . .

Earth’s bounty everywhere.


The clicking sound continues,

And I am feeling blest.

The gentle rocking motion

Bids my eyes to close in rest.


Then once again, I slumber,

And awake to different sound,

Aware that I’ve been dreaming,

And there is no train around.


I must take that trip someday

When my hearts yearning grows,

And climb aboard a waiting train,

When that lonesome whistle blows.



7/6/02       Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck


1’st. … Indiana NPD – 2002


Photo courtesy of Travel USA Travel – US Train Travel Tips – USA Tourist

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The laughter of a little child

Timid creatures of the wild

Lilac scent on wafting breeze

And summer shade beneath the trees


A lonesome whistle in the night

From some big train way out of sight

Bright butterflies and lady-bugs

And joy felt from children’s hugs


Birds in all their feathery hues

And poems derived from poignant muse

The gurgling sound of running streams

And magic cast by gold moonbeams


Rainbows after a summer storm

Flower’s beauty as they take form

America’s flag waving on high.

A gentle breeze that seems to sigh.


Rain that cools the heat away

Watching kittens as they play

Frost fronds on my window panes

Long inviting country lanes


Beautiful leaves that drop in fall

So many things, but best of all

A family to love, as they love me

And God, who gave my Soul to me



7/12/99      Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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