He hopped a train out Quincy way
Rode with his brothers, to earn the pay
Stayed in the city, and worked all day
That’s how it was back then
And he’d do it all again
Just to spend his life with her.
She lived a ways on down the road
But went to town, to pay what’s owed
Ate lunch with pie, a la mode
At the big department store
She left there wanting more
Hoping he would come her way.
One day he rode the train past town
Jumped off the car when it slowed down
Hurt his leg when he hit the ground
And limped across the street
Saw a bench and had seat
And waited for the pain to fade.
The people gave him looks of scorn
His shirt was dirty, his pants were torn
They didn’t like him, he could have sworn
He held his eyes down low
Hoping it wouldn’t show
That he was just a kid from the sticks.
Down the way was the streetcar stop
Next to a tiny soda shop
He thought he just might get a pop
And then be on his way
Forget this maddening day
And go back to his home in the hills.
She was standing on the other side
Asking what he had in mind
He knew right then she’d be his bride
As crazy as it was
That’s just what true love does
Because their story had just begun.
What happened to you, you fall off the train?
You look to be in quite some pain
You kinda slow? Don’t have much brains?
At that he simply smiled
You’re wrong a country mile
I’m the sharpest man you’ll ever meet, today.
He bought a drink to quench his thirst
Not sure which was best, or which was worst
His bold approach was unrehearsed
He’d never met a girl like her
His mind was such a blur
But somehow, he’d make it work.
He found his wit, they were matched so well
He had fallen, to her spell
Her beauty, he couldn’t wait to tell
To all his friends back home
And he’d never be alone
It was just a matter of time.
They were wed for sixty years
Through the laughter and the tears
And then his greatest fear
She was gone in dawn’s first light
And lonely was the night
And his heart would never heal.
Now he’s left, he’s gone back home
Not to Quincy, not to be alone
No more trains, no more to roam
They’re walking side by side
Their love again his pride
copyright 2017, joseph e bird