Monday, February 21, 2022

“Hartline Departure”

Guest post by Frederick Manfred Simon.

April 28, 2017

Saturating all she sees taking panoramic command of her day as an everlasting invisible north wind whips topsoil she’s already parched after a long, hard, wet, winter aft of five Coulee City charged scoot cars tucked in tight ‘hind a trio of ‘D’s across US Highway Two: from field to endless field; to and fro; fro and to; since before time. Timeless. Mythical. The train, departing Hartline, as if Odysseus escaping the angular, leaning, looking like Cyclops, grain elevator on stick-after-jointed-rail-stick laid nearly 11 miles tangent from MP 93 to MP 103 at Cement just before bending and descending the last five miles into end-of-the-line Coulee. Odyssey complete. 

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