Brookhaven, Mississippi There was a time not too long ago when towns like Brookhaven were the heart and soul of America. Now they are shadows of their former selves, rarely visited because they’ve been bypassed by the interstate system, and the trains, if they even run, are more novelty than necessity. Quiet, Sunday street before the rain. How many farewells and reunions took place on this platform? Once the most important building in town and now just an interesting place to walk. Here’s hoping the rain lets up before lunch is done.