That’s Pete and myself 20 years ago.

Today I walked the rail alone, because Pete had to ride.

It was a beautiful coach and everything;

He always looked his best in his dress blues.

It was a beautiful spring morning then too.

The ground was soft that morning and fruitful;

The worms we got were huge and the trout ate em up.

Almost as big as the ones crawling out from under that tarp.

I brought this picture today to remember important things.

Pete’s sacrifice is obvious and full of meaning.

What’s not so obvious is that

Pete greased the last three feet of that rail.

© 2011 Michael Yost
The photographer’s name is Laura Poland, 317.201.5606 website

Pete is everyone’s brother, son and father

44 responses to “Pete

  1. “I brought this picture today to remember important things. ”

    Maybe that is why photography is such a huge hobby. People want help remembering the important things. Sometimes, though, the important things are in the stories that you tell. Your story was very moving.


  2. simply beautiful..

    Happy Friday!


  3. oh my gosh Michael! this is so touching. so nostalgic. so lovely. i am in awe. its one of the most beautiful stories i have ever read. so truly happy you joined in on FWF! Cant wait to read next weeks entry! 🙂 Thank you for your participation!



    • It was the picture that started it all. You keep finding winners like that one for inspiration you should get numerous stories from all of us. Thanks for your comments they mean.. well you know what they mean.. ..smiles..


  4. Scent of my heart

    Touching inspirations creating story to remember! Thanks for sharing this!


  5. Scent of my heart

    Hello, how are you?
    Simply want to check out on you and offer you our greatest appreciation for your support to potluck poetry. You rock!

    Reminder: week 18 Theme: Languages, Signs and Symbols

    The more you share, the happier we are. Plan ahead and have your entry poem. We are open Sunday 8pm, American Central time, linking in early would benefit your work with more encouragements.

    Hope to see you on Sunday at:

    Let me know via email if you have questions or doubts.

    Again, we treasure your participation and would be great to see you again on week 18.


  6. Lovely write, thanks for sharing!
    Happy Weekend!


  7. How funny, we both made references to fish in our free writes! This was just lovely!


  8. I was moved by the sentiments shared in your poem. Thank you so much for sharing.


  9. The picture and the words – so touching.


  10. Those last two lines just make the whole poem for me — that’s where you really find out what made Pete “Pete” – love it.


  11. Stunning! This is just so raw and so moving. You told such a beautiful story in a few words.


  12. Dear and tender and again poem or pic first. Either way, fine poem. Excellent post. Blog on …


  13. That’s a searingly beautiful portrait with a touch of humor right at the end. I could tell you were talking about a death right away. “Because Pete had to ride” was a lovely way to put it. And him greasing the rails is really funny. A wonderful memory of your friend.


  14. Wow. That’s really incredible stuff. Thank you for leading us here.


  15. Thank you for posting, I enjoyed it! Great Imagery.


  16. very sweet and inspiring entry.



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  18. Ugh, I got all teary eyed… This is so beautifully written, Michael!


  19. That is the most beautiful thing I have ever read.


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