Author: Louis Slobodkin
Copyright Date: 1945
Pagination: 44 p.
Michael’s Big brother
and Mike riding his bike down the hall, we heard a noise that shook
such as I’d
us all, a clanging, rattling, RUMBLING ROAR
never heard in our house before. Then, around the corner, with a swoosh, came Michael,
Riding a big steam ENGINE, not a little bicycle.
It was pulling a long train of cars; in fact, so many
“Come on, get aboard. Time is very short.
Train’s due in Boston at noon, and at one in ROCKPORT,
SANDPORT, BRIDGEPORT, all points south....
SPRINGFIELD, R-a-w-a-a”strange sounds came from his mouth.
Since time was short, and there was nothing to do,
When he hollered “A-L-L-L aboard,” Pat and I climbed up too.
And Mike mounted his cab, shouting, “Clear the track!”
He told us, before supper he’d bring us back.
Then engineer Mike became Mike the conductor.
“There’s a COW back there and we almost bumped her.”
“TICKETS, tickets, please! Put your baggage up?”
Then he gave us a drink of water from a paper cup,
And took our money and gave us change.
That seemed all right, though it did seem strange
When he’d suddenly leave us in an awful tear
And run forward againto be the ENGINEER.