The Whistle of a train – A part of life happening!

distant train


Sometimes, very early in the morning as life begins to stir,
I hear a train whistle blow in the far off distance,
a most melancholy sound; nonetheless, when I hear it
I feel all is well in the world and so my day begins anew.
… And just the thought, the knowing,
that somewhere,
others are going about their daily business
makes me feel not alone,
a part of the living of life happening all around me.
Penny L Howe, 2013


Reprinted from “A Penny for you Thoughts!”, 2013

22 thoughts on “The Whistle of a train – A part of life happening!

  1. Zeebra Designs – love the song!! πŸ™‚

    Also reminds me of this old Tom T. Hall verse:
    I love little baby ducks,
    Old pickup trucks
    Slow moving TRAINS
    And rain

    I love the sound of a train whistle!

    • Hi Len, I do hope your knee is healing well. Fire Station, hmmm! Yup, that’d do it (re: sirens), sorry about that. Yes the wonderful sound of a train whistle in the distance would be better! Much love and many hugs back to you! xoxo

  2. Trains run through this town frequently, blaring their horns. Many people complain, but I don’t anymore. I like the way they rumble and even the shrill of the horn. They represent bygone days, and yet still chug along like a vestigial reminder of the Industrial Age. I am reminded that we are still learning from our mistakes and still have a lot of room to grow. I am also reminded of childhood stories, the LIttle Engine that Could or Tootle (a wonderful story in the Little Golden Books collection). Trains also remind me of my grandfather, who built an enormous model set in his basement. It was his pride and joy and I loved it. ❀ Thanks for the walk down memory lane!


  3. I remember being younger and waking to the noise of a train in the distance a reminder that it was time to get up, it wasn’t annoying it was a part of a routine and a part of life cycle, soothing, I knew all was well for the day xxx Rae

  4. I hear the sound of traffic, then I know the world is stirring. Kookaburra’s laughing tell me nature is also awake.

  5. From my days of childhood, that far off train sound always made me feel wistful… it was like I should be on that train- going somewhere, doing something — other than just dreaming about it. As soon as I got older, I started travelling, and have never tired of it. But that train sound still makes me feel like that. πŸ™‚

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