Coming around the bend he noticed a barn that looked familiar. Leaning out the boxcar he gazed ahead remembering a huge trestle they played on as kids. As the train slowed for a crossing he saw many houses lit up. This had all changed from when he was a child. It looked flat and the train barely rumbled so he jumped out next to the siding. A stray tie sent him tumbling into the brambles. When he got up he heard an approaching horse. On its back were two children out for a ride. He told them where he was going and they offered him a ride part of the way on the huge draft horse.
This barren land now was well populated. It had been over twenty years since he had been back. His grandfather homesteaded this area and then their family drifted across the land with various railroad jobs. He had a good job with the railroad but lost it over coming in late too often. This was because he drank his nights away, never caring about anything. He soon lost all his life, family and soon his spirit. He was coming back to this prairie in hopes of regaining it. A cool breeze blew through his hair and welcomed him back.
The blooms along the road sang to him a gentle praise, and he acknowledged their beauty. He didn’t remember it being so fresh looking, but maybe that was because it was in such smaller areas. They came to a beautiful wooded lane and the children told him this was where they lived and he could get a drink and clean up his scratches at their well. As they went down the lane it brought back many memories especially when he noticed a wisp still of rope where he had rode on a swing.
When they arrived in the farmyard the children’s father came out of the barn a bit startled at the new arrival. He got down from the horse and introduced himself. The man laughed hard when he heard the name and called him by a nickname his mother had given him. They had played together as children while their fathers worked together. They invited him to stay for a few days and even needed extra labor to build a new barn. Sitting on the porch that night the stars looked even brighter to him and his soul soared out amongst the stars, carried back on a gentle prairie breeze.
Make me find your thoughts
No matter where you are
I cast my soul to the stars
Looking for the right things to say.