A few weeks ago, we received an e-mail from Sue Thomas of Daytona Beach, Fla. She and her family have sliced across the Southeast on inline skates, sometimes covering as much as 26 miles in a day (they've even used rail-trail mileage to satisfy part of their kids' physical education requirements!). The family's favorite rail-trail is the Silver Comet Trail outside of Atlanta, Ga., and they love exploring new pathways all the time.
Thomas says these outings have made such an impression on their children that they regularly use rail-trail experiences as a catalyst for essays and poems at school. In fact, Thomas' youngest daughter, 9-year-old Augusta, recently wrote a poem and wanted to share it with the trail community. We were happy to oblige!
"The Blade Trail"
by Augusta P. Thomas
mountains, across rivers,
blades are a-flying
walk, who would care,
I, Augusta, fly through the air?
ice is a pleasure, sand is a scare,
retreat to nothing but air!
Push, Double Push, how I love thee,
you make me fly like I'm on a flying spree!
world with two borders, one on each side,
and sky meet, and the world seems to fly!
out loud, "Oh the blue sky will fly!"
roll through the woods, allies at my side.
Photo: Augusta, at left, and her older sisters (her "allies") on the Silver Comet Trail, courtesy of Sue Thomas.