Focus shot on LUANNE sitting alone, pensive,
gazing out a train window.
Zoom in to the book on her lap, Tao of Pooh.
Zoom out as MARGARET, a woman in her 50s enters,
puts a bag over a backward-facing seat,
removes her jacket and settles in facing LUANNE.
MARGARET: (extending her hand to LUANNE) Hi, I’m Margaret.
LUANNE: (leaning forward to take her hand) Hello, I’m LuAnne. Nice to meet you.
MARGARET: I’m going to Chicago. To see my grandchildren. How about you?
LUANNE: Oh, I am going on to Memphis.
MARGARET: Is that your home, dear?
LUANNE: Not for much longer. (smiles with a dreamy far-off look) I’m moving to Michigan.
MARGARET: For work?
LUANNE: No, (sighs) for love.
Train lurches forward.
The Day Fourteen prompt is to write a poem that takes the form of the opening scene of the movie of your life.
Photo courtesy of Amtrak