Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trains
I couldn’t resist joining in for this prompt ,part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Though trains are constantly in the background with their wailing calls, they are on the other side of the Truckee and I couldn’t really capture a clear photo–however, trains are an important part of Northern Nevada with Reno/Sparks being a link to East-West bound trains and, of course, with our history of mining. The Virginia-Truckee run from Virginia City to Carson City has been resurrected and is a popular tourist attraction (V-T Railroad). Our photo focuses on the importance of the railroad in mining and is featured in the front yard of a home in our neighborhood.
Sound and Silence
Summer sings of river’s flow,
the buzz of bees and,
if you but listen closely, growing grass.
At night, crickets call insistently,
seeking a mate.
A blue jay squawks counterpoint
to robins trill.
We hear groans of air-conditioners
or, through our open windows,
the long, long, short, long wail
of trains heading toward the East.
Out in the yard, children’s laughter
fills us with such memories of our own.
And on her porch an aged spinsters tells
her stories to anyone who passes by
and neighbors spread the news
across the fence.
When winter comes, then silence will ensue—
‘tis time to go within