Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hearin' the Train Comin' for Me
By Don Iannone









In the eery far off distance,
I hear the train whistle blowin'.
And by its sound,
I know it's comin' for me.
I didn't think it was my time,
but if not mine...whose time?

Nothin' more hauntin'
than a freight train's whistle...
blowin' all alone, late at night.
I just hope this one night...
the train don't stop in Wheelin'.
And I pray it ain't comin' for me.

My heart stopped and started
all throughout the long pitch black of the night.
As I sleep totally all alone,
the train keeps on comin'...
I just hope and pray
it don't stop for me tonight.

Note: This one comes from my childhood.
Superstitious folks believed if someone was
very sick and they were awakened by a train
whistle, it meant they were going to die.

21 comments:

trinitystar said...

I guess the Laughing Ghost didnt stop by then not this time. :o)
Good imagination. Definately could feel this and see it. Thank you for sharing.

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I love it! I can hear trains at night here -- you're right, it's a haunting sound.

gautami tripathy said...

Simply loved it! I liked the phantasmic effect of it.

Borut said...

Truly. Eery.

Kranti said...

Wow Don! That speaks the mind of an old person...ready to face death anytime...the train gets 'em all! Also gets all the guilty ones. Reminds me of Ruskin Bond's story: "Tiger in the tunnel". Have you read that one? ~ Kranti (http://krantidugar.blogspot.com/)

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Trinitystar, Andrew, Gautami, Borut, and Kranti.

I made some changes to this one since you all read it. I like it better with the changes and the added note.

Gloria Ferris said...

I loved the sound of the trains travelling in the distance when I would wake in the middle of the night. I would imagine where they were going, what they were hauling, and sometimes, it would be the passenger train passing through at 3 a.m. and then I would imagine the people on the train and where they were going.

I am so glad that the freight train superstition was one my elders kept to themselves. They didn't tell me until years later because they knew I loved the sound of the whistle and with my imagination who knew what I would have done with the train whistle coming for you in the night.

Thanks for sharing, Don.

Pat Paulk said...

Never heard that, but, train whistles late at night are pretty eerie. Good one Don!!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Gloria and Pat.

Gloria...train whistles also intrigued me as a young boy. Hope you are well.

trinitystar said...

She thinks she has heard this superstition before, from where she is not sure.

samuru999 said...

I really like this one Don!
Thank you!

Margie

Dan said...

Yeah... good one, Don. I dealt with that train by hanging from the trestle. But then there was that witch in her hat outside the bedroom window... until I realized it was the top of a pine tree...

Liz said...

Its amazing, the pace of the poem matches that of a moving train. Also thanks for explanation at the end of the poem - how fascinating!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Liz...had not intended that effect, but glad it was there. And Dan...I have such memories too. And Margie and Trinitystar thanks for your comments. Everyone is so supportive of my humble poetry. I am thankful!

jel said...

this is a good one, reminds me of the Long Black Train, song by Josh Turner.

Imemine said...

Scary childhood memories!
Yes, slow train comin'.

polona said...

haunting poem, but i love it! great stuff, and thank you for the note.

Dan said...

Yeah, Don. This would make some great lyrics for a blues song!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Polona, Imemine, Jel, and Dan.

Dan...I was thinking lyrics too. Interesting.

GEL said...

When I was reading this I could hear those train wheels. Good rhythm.
(I never heard of that superstition. Glad you explained.)

Don Iannone said...

Thanks gel. Superstitions still abound. My, oh my...the things we believe.

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