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A man took off running

When he was discharged,

‘Twas hard to take it easy

As his universe enlarged…

So many demands and necessities

Sprang up in the way,

Until he found blood on his sock

And saw he’d over-played.

So this is the upshot–

He’d better slow it down,

All that progress won in time

Is lost if he’s the clown…

Running out of coverage

Wasn’t so ideal,

Being sent back to the E.R.

For him has no appeal!

–Jonathan Caswell



Synopsis of a week Up-state,

A visit for me and my mate…

A dead battery

Begins it you see,

And lots more left on the plate.

We both made the trip without grumbling,

(That fact especially humbling)…

Making good time

Before the sun’s decline,

The car not ever stumbling.

The next day the battery

Quit, was jumped frequently…

Next door’s garage

Wasn’t a mirage,

And changed it eventually!

Then my Diana and me

Spent time in Emergency…

Two separate days

In our own ways

And she came out sooner than me!

I visited the local train station,

Finding myself in consternation…

The camera was home–er,

I’d done me boner,

That didn’t help the situation.

That visit I found all three

Train engines posed for me…

The next time–not–

Just two I got,

The third went south for duty.

That Saturday as we were leaving,

A Railfan Day was receiving…

Special views

With the train crews,

But we had just that day for leaving.

My wife found her blueberry pie

While shopping for the food supply…

And got some ice cream

(Mountain prices: a scream!),

Before we waved “bye-bye”!

–Jonathan Caswell