"There is a Music to the Past"

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© Mary Ann Reilly
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UploadedMay 14, 2010
TakenMay 13, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/320 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length200 mm
ISO500
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A Walk Along the Old Tracks
by Robert Kinsley

When I was young they had already been
abandoned for years
overgrown with sumac and sour apple,
the iron scrapped, the wood long
gone for other things.
In summer my father would send us along them
to fetch the cows from the back pasture,
a long walk to a far off place it seemed
for boys so young. Lost again for a moment
in that simple place,
I fling apples from a stick and look for snakes
in the gullies. There is
a music to the past, the sweet tones
of perfect octaves
even though we know it was never so.
My father had to sell the farm in that near perfect time
and once old Al Shott killed a six foot rattler on the tracks.
"And when the trolly was running" he said, "you could jump
her as she went by and ride all the way to Cleveland,
and oh," he said, "what a time you could have there."

Newton, NJ
May 2010

Nikon D300
Manual
18-200 mm
Raw

4 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (20 May 2010):

    Moooving picture.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2010):

    Interesting composition

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (22 May 2010):

    Beautifully done, Mary Ann! Wish I knew how you did that with the grass and surroundings softened but the cow so sharp! I love the writing you posted. Took me back to my childhood! Thanks!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly said (22 May 2010):

    Thanks John, Bruce, and Warren.

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