Forward Motion

Scene One:

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

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


11 thoughts on “Forward Motion

    1. Not sure about writing a script but it does have me thinking about a memoir. Thank you for the encouragement. I took this from the middle of my life and was envisioning a story line like in Forrest Gump where he tells his story to others waiting for the bus, and then when the backstory was told he went on in the future. Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending – so far. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and intriguing me with your comment.


  1. Tell us more! 😉
    Alex & I met at a party in RI when I lived in NYC. We had a commuting relationship, thanks to Amtrak for 2 years. So I always consider trains romantic & I prefer them to any other mode of transport. Did you go back & forth a lot via train?

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    1. No, just that once. While here in MI I decided to move here and I did six months later. So we only had a long-distance relationship for about six months, enough time to resign from my job and sell my house in TN.


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