Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, A TRAIN WHISTLE, by ROSS LAWRENCE



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A TRAIN WHISTLE, by            
First Line: I like to hear a train whistle
Last Line: To dream the years away.
Subject(s): Dreams; Memory; Nightmares


I like to hear a train whistle
Far off in wakening hills.
It makes me think of many new
Alluring spots I'm going to
When my dreams become real.
And then sometimes it turns my mind
To gladsome times I've left behind
In days when all was weal.

So when I hear a train whistle
When an autumn sun has set,
On memory's observation car
I hie away to hills afar—
To scenes I can't forget.
By old home fires I spend an hour;
Then roam where orchards used to flower,
Through woodland streams and moonlit bowers—
Where rich traditions are
And life's best blessings met.

Or if I hear that lone whistle
On a misty morn in May,
I board fair fancy's flyer bright
And speed to lands of heart's delight
Where dreams and playtimes stay—
To sunny climes and mountain heights;
To blooming, meadows infinite;
Then back to where a warm lovelight
Brings peace at home at night—
To dream the years away.





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