Farewell song

Farewell song

A steam
engine rests
beneath ancient
boughs —
wheels rooted
to grass tracks —
coal black body
rusted & worn —
white clouds
billowing above —
while the
wind whistles
its farewell song.


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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18 Responses to Farewell song

  1. kalabalu says:

    tuttuuuu chuk chuk chuk

  2. Really nicer the “farewell song” part was tear jerky!

  3. very evocative comparisons.Motion in stillness. Beautiful photo!

  4. Beautiful image and lines 🙂

  5. Pieter Navis says:

    Nice poem Tyler! Suits the photograph perfectly!

  6. Sarah says:

    I really like both the picture and the poem. My Dad is a fan of trains and we visited many train museums and steam engines in parks just like this one growing up. I find it sad that the steam engines have been relegated to parks. They look majestic when they are cleaned up and running: wheels moving in sync, steam billowing, and whistle blowing. All things must end, perhaps? The poem captures the sadness well.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! My Grandpa is also a fan of trains. He gave me his old Lionel Train set when I was 6 or 7. Sadly, I sold it later to help pay for college. Yes, all things must end, but we must enjoy them while they last. I hope you have a wonderful weekend….thank you for sharing your story 🙂

  7. Beautiful poem and picture. The poor steam engine 😦

    • Thank you, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 This beautiful steam engine was donated to the City of Corvallis by Georgia Pacific in 1960. Everyday, children climb on its rusty, moss-covered frame, using it as a jungle gym. Though stationary, the landscape and its denizens give it new life, turning the wheels inside our head, miles of railroad re-imagined. It may seem like a sad story, but at least its place in America’s history will never be forgotten, celebrated by generations both new and old. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
      Tyler 🙂

  8. kathydoremus says:

    Lovely. A picture giving way to words, and words painting a beautiful picture.

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’ve always been attracted to trains…they spin the wheels inside my mind’s eye…keeping poetry on track…imagination en route to inspiration. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
      Tyler 🙂

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