WINDOWS ON THE RAILS
Imagine . . .
you're the engineer,
driving these mighty locomotives
down the tracks . . .
hundreds of tons of steel and steam,
fifty cars of freight behind you . . .
no steering wheel, just a throttle
and a boiler to keep boiling,
with a massive engine and pistons
in front of you . . .
and your view ahead
is barely a window on the side.
It's my favorite part
of these mighty locomotives . . .
the engineer gets to slide his window open,
leaning out to view the rails ahead.
Most windows came with an outside "arm rest"
to ease his view as he leaned to guide
his iron horse forward.
Such exquisite, primitive design!
(We miss you mighty locomotives.
You left your tracks behind.)