Linda Knowlton Appel
In the distance the train whistle sounds,
pulling me awake to chase it 'round
the long wide curve of the river, and down
the valley. With every blast of the whistle I count
another crossing, added miles; and then it is gone.
In the morning I almost feel the rails thrum
and the whistle call come, come, come.
After living all over the United States, Linda Knowlton Appel found her true home in Oregon. Retired, she lives and writes on the banks of the Willamette River. Her work has appeared in Willawaw Journal, Chrysalis, and elsewhere and she has published two chapbooks.