The Depot

The depot’s windows still look east.

They still see the freight trains moving east and west over the long bridge.

But it’s been years, decades since anyone has looked out from the waiting room to see their train.

Years and decades since sailors and college kids and families have waited there.

Trains for Chicago, St. Louis, Buffalo and New York

Trains for Erie, Fostoria, Dunkirk and Ft. Wayne.

Trains for business and visits to grandparents and basic training and weddings.

Trains for conventions and troopships and college and funerals.      .

It’s been years, decades since anyone has looked out from the waiting room to see their train.

Like an old man scooting forward on the bench to see if his bus is in sight the old station seems to strain to see the next approaching train.

This could be it coming now.

Running a little late tonight.

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