Published December 31, 2020

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Upon the Wind

by Steve Carter
(Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada)
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Upon the Wind

Upon the wind my lover sighs,
In wheat I stand beneath blue skies.
Her face appears across the grain.
Wide swaths bend down as if in pain,
And in so doing vocalize.

Approaching steam train rattles ties,
Before a crossing whistle cries,
A wailing, lonesome sad refrain
Upon the wind.

And as I wave my fond goodbyes
Within my heart I realize,
I’ll never hear her voice again
And with the passing of the train,
The mem’ry of my lover dies
Upon the wind.

The only son of British-Welsh immigrants, Steve Carter was born in
1946 in Vancouver, BC. Thereafter he graduated from the University
of BC in 1968 with majors in History and Geography. For twenty-one
years he taught high school social studies. For 10 years thereafter he
toured BC and then Canada as a pen & ink artist. A stage 4 cancer
survivor, he currently lives with his wife Daphne in Port Coquitlam, a
Vancouver suburb. He enjoys reading, writing, music and biking.

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