Being fascinated with geography, the earth’s physical beauties continue to mesmerize me. As wind, heat and water erode valuable topsoil , it exposes clues in the earth’s past like possible dinosaur habitats.
Watching rivers, themselves, are fascinating because of the excitement they provide for people for whatever reason….fishing, photographing migratory birds, skiing or even….. white-water rafting.
Down in Baxter County
Down in Baxter County where the river turns west,
and cuts a path along the limestone ridge,
the wind’s uncovered dinosaur tracks up along the crest,
down in Baxter County where the river turns west.
The river’s tier of rapids challenge rafters at their best,
and entertain spectators along the bridge,
down in Baxter County where the river turns west
and cuts a path along the limestone ridge.
copyright © 2012 T.J. Gargano
In the old days, the limestone roundhouse and Chicago & Alton Shops were located on the west side of town where the skies were always filled with smoke, where noise was always at the highest decibel and where the kids gathered to take in the excitement of the steam locomotives and the new diesels.
Today, unfortunately, only one limestone building stands in memory of the C & A Shops. Though many of the tracks are still in place, the west side is now modernized, having escaped the ‘low rent’ tag, of old.
Thanks for dropping by; it’s always fun to see you.
On the Other Side of town
On the other side of town ‘neath a smoke-filled sky,
over where the rent runs low,
lads always watched on bridges, high
on the other side of town ‘neath a smoke-filled sky.
They counted locomotives and watched diesels cry
waiting for the train yard whistles, blow
on the other side of town ‘neath a smoke-filled sky,
over where the rent runs low.
copyright © 2011 T.J. Gargano
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