photo YQMjoltwagon_zps47c49538.jpg
Yuma Quartermaster Depot, Yuma, Arizona

from known to unknown
old wheels creaking and groaning—
journeying music
~~ ~~ ~~

Jolting journey to a better place…

Text and photo © 2014 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on October 11, 2014, in 5-7-5, Arizona, Blue Monday, Carpe Diem, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Six-Word Saturday, Sunday Scribblings 2, Yuma, Yuma Quartermaster Depot and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Wear your seat belt 🙂

  2. Let the good times roll!

  3. 🙂 Reminds me of the old corn picking wagons we had on the farm. The horses walked the same pace as a fast picker picked. I was playing inside a two wheel trailer hitched behind Dad’s wagon. He was a good corn picker, I never made the grade.

    I hope you have a faster truck/lorry than the one you showed if you are using it to move.

  4. How does that saying go, oh yeah, the wheel that squeaks the most gets greased!

  5. We are pretty soft these days, complaining about ‘bumpy’ roads as the A/C is set on high and foam seats cushion our backs riding on asphalt. Back then it was wooden wheels with no springs on dusty roads without windows. We complain as they had hope and no amount of courage to move west of St Louis in wagon trains. The creaky wagon wheels meant a challenge all pioneers will willing to tackle…

  6. Awesome … great photo …

  7. A history of western migration in a beautiful picture and perfectly measured syllables.

  8. Great shot, cool ku, teacherman; I can hear the creak, feel the thud. Bravo.

  9. ‘Journeying music’. I like that! 🙂

  10. I can just imagine riding that wagon and not just the creaks and groans, but the rocking and rolling that is unique to it.

  11. I like the positive nature of your six words, and the journeying music reference.

  12. Great photo! I would not want to ride in that mode of transport though.

  13. It is good to go on such a ride to slow down, relax and really see the world. The creaking and groaning and the clip clop of the hooves is music indeed.

  14. What wonderful old wagon wheels. love th shadows and the haiku!

  15. I can hear them..yep….on a cobbled road with a huffing horse and a cold breeze….music that is well, magical!

  16. hm….old days are back again 🙂

  17. Teacherman’s Photogenic Wagonwheel

    It takes me home, somehow, to the
    creak and thud of Saturday afternoons
    half a century past; takes me back
    —don’t ask me how, or why—
    to an un-mown corner lot, an hour’s
    trudge from home, across the road
    from my first school.
    I can’t recall
    who lived there, or why I came to
    visit. I don’t believe I ever stepped
    inside; but I remember the day,
    the lot, the almost dead mid-summer
    grass, burnt to a crisp, crunching
    I don’t know what it is
    about his photo that would do this.
    I guess that’s what they do. I guess
    the lens is poetry.
    The wagonwheel,
    singing in its own special shadow,
    calls to the photographer’s eye.
    The image, insistent, demands.
    The shutter’s clicked. The poem is
    I wrote, once, long ago,
    about wheels rimmed with rust
    and all the grey and ancient boards
    of my father’s dream farm; about
    how they echoed in agreement
    when, visiting for the first time,
    I looked around and knew.
    long since gone, the farm abandoned
    —again—and the barn collapsed, but still
    I can see those wheels, leaning.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      No one (besides me, of course!) has ever written a poem in response to one of my photos. I’m glad that the photo awakened memories, and nudged you back to your writing desk. I feel honored to be part of your creative journey. Thank you.

  18. A very impressive history is in that shot.

  19. that´s a great place to hide from the strong sun.

  20. Music is a must on any journey!

  21. You’ve proved that old can be beautiful. Thanks.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  22. I like the angle in this shot…


  23. Thanks again for a great old memory. I have ridden in one just like this many times when growing up. That is all we had back in my days. Y ou do so well with all your finds.

  24. Wonderful traveling music!

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