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Trees contain leaves of different colour, size and shape. Presented are sonnet, lyric, ballad, ode and more for ones enjoyment, each leaf a new page. While reading one is taken to a land of feelings and emotions found in poetry where one can personally experience these private sensations. The rhyme and rhythm change the mood and the beat of the heart. Each page will cause a link to the shadows of ones past. Sadness, pathos, love and joy herein intermingle. One has the sensation of life’s emotion roller coaster joy ride. I was born in 1928 and found an affinity to poetry from the time I could read. I started writing while in public school and have continued in the pursuit of the perfect poem. My working years were spent searching for an occupation I could enjoy and get paid for. Employed by the Canadian National Railroad in Fort Erie, Region Niagara I found my calling, locomotive engineer. In order to attain that lofty position I worked from the section gang up to fireman position and finally graduated to engineer. I ran steam locomotive engines in the days when railroading had lots of romance attached to it. I wrote poems about working conditions, fellow workers, locomotives, and any subject that caught my fancy. My years spent in cadet work and community service did not escape my pen. My life has been blessed with two fine children and two lovely wives. Death unfortunately took both my wives. Our end, my friend!

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