A Ticket To Ride II

by Fred Prout

The train slows and stops. I get off, along with a few other passengers. The ones with which I have had the strongest connections. A smaller train sits waiting to take us in a different direction. We board. We are met by several others with whom we share the same strong connection.

Some of the other connections were tangential. Souls we have interacted with in no meaningful way. These are so strong that we must have been very important to each other. Many times. We seem to be part of each other.

There is a collective realization that we have all come from life. The new train is bringing us to a new life. I now understand that the ticket is within us. Everything we have ever done is stamped on the ticket. Some do better, some worse. Some are just…gone.

We realize that because of our new direction, we are privy to an awareness we never had before. We realize this is a way of understanding “ You need t to do better to get better “. We realize that we will lose this awareness when we reach our next stop. We know we will be important to each other forever.

The train slows …

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6 Responses to A Ticket To Ride II

  1. Carolyn Hopkins says:

    Great as usual Happy Thanksgivings

  2. Eric says:

    “Wait up, wait up……I’m on the wrong train…this isn’t on my itinerary…can I get a refund, or at least a do-over?”

  3. Eric says:

    Upon further reflection, (not that there’s much room for it in my minuscule ‘brain’), and after listening to them on the elliptical just now, there’s a little of Al (Year of the Cat) Stewart’s ‘Time Passages’ (1) and ‘Lord Grenville’ (2)in this post of Fred’s:

    1) “I know you’re in there, you’re just out of sight
    Time passages
    Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight”

    2) “Go and fetch the captain’s log and tear the pages out
    We’re on our way to nowhere now, can’t bring the helm about
    None of us are left in any doubt
    We won’t be back again”

  4. Kate Bright says:

    I love your train allegories.

  5. Val Carano says:

    This is so deep Fred that I had to read it three times to “get it”. Keep it up! You are inspiring!
    Love, Val

  6. Edith Vondall says:

    You do keep us thinking and part is to be better and do better for others.

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