by Kathabela Wilson
How do you feel, how have you felt, getting home from trips,
adventures, of all kinds in your life?
The feelings are often complex and multi-layered…
how you place them in your tanka?
counting railroad cars
stopped at crossing ~ engine seen
count from one
try to top highest number
caboose counts too
Some times there would be so many cars
I’d forget where I was…
often in Wisconsin freight trains
would have over 100 cars.
It was exciting to get to the crossing
just as the bars came down
knowing we’d start from number one
The added excitement of never knowing
how long each train was never grew old for me.