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(152) The Coal Train (Childhood Memory)

Rating: 2.9

Waiting patiently a quarter to one,
we heard the whistle blow.
I looked at the others, took deep breaths,
it’s almost time to go.

The train approached, there it was
bigger than life in front of me.
my first time to jump the coal train
and take that coal for free.

We ran with strength and agility,
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Sylvia Spencer 16 April 2007

Melvina What a fantastic poem I can just see that old coal train now in front of my eyes I love poems that are full of nostalga and this one is an all time great. Cheers Sylviex

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... Sheila 14 April 2007

This is such a sweet remembrance. Have you ever heard the song 'The Passing Of The Train'? It's one of my favorites. A train used to run way back behind our house in Ohio, when I was growing up, and we'd wait, with baited breath, for it to come by and the engineer would blow the whistle just for us! It's neat how you all jumped the train and got coal! How on earth did you keep from getting hurt! ! ? ? ? :) This is a '10'

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Andrew mark Wilkinson 14 April 2007

Excellent tale from your childhood... Melvina.. The things we do for money, when we are kids...10

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Diane Violet 13 April 2007

Delightful memory of childhood Melvina, wondefully expressed and great message. All the best, Diane

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The coal train is such a neat memory to put to paper as I am sure it brought back alot of fun and all the mischief you managed to get yourself into! ((Smile)) Back then of course, lol. Thanx for sharing with us Melvina...as usual you did a wonderful job at expressing yourself. =Shelley=

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David Harris 01 April 2007

Melvina, another wonderful penning from one of my favourite writers. The warning I hope will be taught to the young that trains are dangerous things and not to be played around with as the profit they want from them could lead to much more pain if they slipped. The wheels have no conscience. Top marks from me and thanks for sharing it my friend. David

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