Sights And Sounds That America Makes

Mountain water from bubbling springs

Gentle winds slip easily across the plains

Leaves of every shape and size and color

Fields of grain gently moving to and fro

Rows of sweet corn covering endless miles

The scent of wildflowers and sweet woodruff

Echoes of laughing children which never fade

Sights and sounds that America makes

 

Deep throated engines roaring to life

Motorcycles, bicycles, and tricycles

The perpetual motion of mechanization

Turning wheels of a long-haul trucker

Squeaks and creaks of a slowing freight train

Turbines spooling, propellers turning

Sunlight reflecting from sleek aluminum bodies

Sights and sounds that America makes

 

Deep resounding bellow of a tugboat horn

Wind whipping across the bow of a sailing ship

Container ships stacking and unstacking

Heavy mooring ropes covered in dried salt

Weathered wood planks underfoot

The sweet high pitched ring of a brass bell

Pleasure crafts inching into the calm lagoon

Sights and sounds that America makes

 

Conversations by the hundreds and thousands

Bodies of every size moving in every direction

A melting pot from across the globe

Blaring horns and the banter of daily commerce

Streetlights flashing from red to yellow to green

Time is ticking, snarling traffic and tensions rising

Hot dog vendors like old fashioned carnival barkers

Sights and sounds that America makes

 

A resounding crack of a Louisville Slugger

Roaring crowds gathered by the right field fence

Popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs! Constant shouting

Helmeted giants colliding in sporting combat

Pausing only when the shrill whistle finally blows

Cross checking skaters pounding on the oval boards

High tops squeaking on the oiled oak floors

Sights and sounds that America makes

 

Rhythmic squeaking of an heirloom rocking chair

A baby crying softly on a moonless night

Two lovers clinking glasses on a quiet veranda

Whispers of little girls watching little boys

Dogs barking and the sounds of running feet

Collective oohs and awes of a gathered crowd

Fireworks bursting overhead in a shower of light

Amazing sights and sounds that America makes

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

Latest posts by R J Schwartz (see all)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “Sights And Sounds That America Makes

  • July 3, 2018 at 9:19 PM
    Permalink

    Lots of fine imagery Ralph, well phrased and penned my friend. Well done. And thanks for finally getting the FB problem fixed. All looks good. Cheers!

    Reply
  • July 4, 2018 at 5:39 PM
    Permalink

    Absolutely delightful and just in time for me. I have at long last returned to my homeland the U.S. and for now settled in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    Reply
  • July 7, 2018 at 10:03 AM
    Permalink

    Loved this Ralph as someone that spends considerable time in the Rocky Mountains I really relate to this – once again an awesome job.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

Our cookie settings are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. By continuing to browse this website you are accepting our cookie policy.

Close