May 29, 2013: The Last Train Home

~by Susi Pittman

I have stood at the station so many times
always the sender, never the “sent.”
Those I have loved
relinquish their last breath,
then I see the train coming, steady and quiet,
descending from the stars
as a comet,
crystalline and pure, filled with light.
It moves along the earth,
and fills with many faces,
faces from stops far removed from where I watch.
Humans and animals fill the coaches,
each coach designed by heavenly arrangement.
I hear its impending arrival,
a quiet shush-shush-shush in a peace-filled haze.
As it rolls to a stop at my station I wait to see my loved one off.
Death has no sting for me.
For I see with eyes of faith,
There is a glow of life anew about my loved ones body.
As my beloved leaves,
one last look and onboard they go,
and the train rises up and moves into the clouds.
Through the Cosmos,
shining bright,
a billion worlds pass by.
Yet, all onboard are preoccupied
with the journey’s end.
And then, in what seems like just moments,
this beautiful, heavenly transport,
The Last Train,
Arrives at station HOME.
Looking out of the crystal windows,
all see the crowd that awaits their arrival.
There are humans and animals,
And the beauty of a new creation,
such peace and love yet to be described.
And in their midst
awaits the Eternal Love,
He who calls all good back to its origin,
He who promised to make all things new…
And the moment fades from my sight,
And my heart is at peace,
For those who I have lost,
Are HOME now.


Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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