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Photo By: A.M. Moscoso

Photo By: A.M. Moscoso


Once I saw a man wearing an expensive business suit and a man in clothes that were torn and dirty – digging a hole together next to the railroad tracks.

I couldn’t imagine under what circumstances these two could ever have met, talked and decided one morning to go out with shovels and start to dig as trains roared and hissed by them, as crows lined the barbed wire topped fence that they climbed-

just so that they could up digging side by side

next to the railroad tracks early one Monday Morning.

When I drove by eight hours later the men were gone and the shovel was resting right there next to the fence.

It was there two days later when I drove by and it was still there a week later and I started to wonder by the third week

about the man in the suit and the homeless man digging side by side next to the railroad tracks.

I went out one Sunday just after sunrise and stood next to the shovel, and then I actually touched the shovel and I wondered about those two men.

And I took the shovel in my hands and laughed and then I put it back and scaled the fence and dropped to the other side and when I did there was a man standing there.

He asked me what I was doing and I told him about the Well Dressed Man and the Not So Well Dressed Man digging through all that rock and hard packed earth.

” Crazy ” said the man.

” No kidding.” I agreed.

” So what do you suppose they were digging for? “

I laughed some more just to show that it didn’t really matter to me.

And then I turned back to the fence and grabbed at it and said, ” We’ll need another shovel “

Photo By: A.M. Moscoso

Photo By: A.M. Moscoso


Written by Anita Marie

June 21, 2009 at 2:16 am

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  1. It is great to focus on one quite bizarre action. Maybe some vein of gold lay below those tracks. Maybe a lost civilization, that the man was searching for once lay here. With two shovels you might locate this old world.

    Heather Blakey

    June 21, 2009 at 3:28 am

  2. This is a great piece…it fires up the imagination. What is it about these men and their shovels. Great work. Great picture too.



    June 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

  3. Hi Heather and Vi
    There is a grain of truth in this story- I did see those two men digging together- they were on the left by the clump of sticker bushes on the left side of the picture.

    I added created the end of the story.

    It was a strange event and I find myself thinking about it a lot.

    Anita Marie

    June 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  4. It is interesting how small oddities can spark our imagination. Now I wonder what they were doing digging there. Great story!

    Sarah Joyce Bryant

    June 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm

  5. everyday mystery ! i am going to look out for a shovel near a railway in future (:


    June 22, 2009 at 12:56 am

  6. I love it when I notice something that captures my imagination, grabs hold and will not let go. Sometimes I sit and write it into a poem or a story straight away, but more usually I remember it on and off for weeks or months before I delve into it. And then the fun begins……So what happens next?? Great image!


    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

  7. I love this, both the fact that it is based on reality…and the fact it sounds k=just like something I would do…wander over and try to fiugre out what the heck they were up to in the first place….


    June 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

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