"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


Sunday, September 08, 2013

Magpie Tales Changing Times






Boy in a Dining Car 
Norman Rockwell


Oh the memories of riding on a train
On a train and dining while views evolve
While views evolve and  times changed 
And times changed for the better 
For the better as we became equals
We became equals and best friends
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Thanks to Tess Kincaid for this wonderful prompt.
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20 comments:

Sandee said...

Excellent and as it should be.

Have a terrific day. Big hugs. ☺

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've always wanted to take a train across Canada. Took once from England to Scotland and it was so enjoyable.

Ginny Brannan said...

Really liked this positive view of the possibilities. Nicely penned!

Ginny Brannan said...

I really liked this positive take on the prompt! Nicely penned!

Berowne said...

Well written and quite enjoyable...

messymimi said...

The joys of riding on a train! It's been so many years, but i want to do so again soon.

And yes, it's better to consider the person bringing your plate as an equal who is simply in the service industry as a life work or a job, than as a "servant." There's a huge difference.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a photo. Thank goodness that we became equals!

Helen said...

Love the movement in your words, Kathe ... feels like I have been a passenger on that train.

Cheryl said...

And let's hope equality continues to progress. There is still room for improvement.

Funny that while the point of the poem is the improvement in race equality, but as far as train travel, it might of taken a step backward. There used to be wonderful dining cars, private cars, and berths with valets to help you. Not all of that is rare. Trains have taken the same route as plane travel...herd them on and herd them off.

Stephen Hayes said...

Love the expression on the boy's face as he tries to figure out an appropriate tip.

Sharon Bradshaw said...

I love the way your words created the rhythm of the train journey and the positive message you took from the image.

poga poetry said...

nicely done....thanks

jabblog said...

I like the rhythm of this poem - very nice, like a train.

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Absolutely wonderful in a number of ways and levels! Oh how I would love to take a train ride across the country.

Lyn said...

So touching...so right on...and I do love a train journey...lovely!

Rene Foran said...

Very nice and thought provoking

Margaret said...

Back in those days, this would have been remarkable!

Carrie Van Horn said...

Very true Kathe...love this! :-)

~T~ said...

I like the rhythm,
the rhythm of the train,
the train of progress