Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Night Falls




Night Falls

Night falls, we say but actually it rises up like some dark fist extending first its fingers before it clutches us from the warm daylight. For some it brings with it fear and for others, relief. It is that time of the day when our bodies relax and our minds take uncertain twists and turns. I was traveling aboard the Southwest Chief, the daily train between Los Angeles and Chicago. After nineteen hours into this journey the romance and excitement of train travel had worn off. I was longing for a re-visit to Joe’s Kansas City BBQ instead of inside a metal tube like box somewheres in between Rayton, New Mexico and La Junta Colorado hoping that a west bound freight train wasn’t occupying the same set of rails.. I had boarded the Chief in Albuquerque New Mexico and was quartered in the handicap car with two soon to be storytellers. 
I had taken my supper in the dining car while the ladies had their meals delivered by the attendant. The dining car had proved to a very interesting experience. Just getting to it was an adventure that tested a person’s agility, sober or not, it helped to know the walk of inebriation. Now back in my seat again, my body started to relax and my thoughts began to drift. I was entering that stage where daytime consciousness starts to merge with…..
to be continued