Train Tracks

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Copyright Mike Robbins 2012 - American Freedom Train steam locomotive # 4449
Copyright Mike Robbins 2012 – American Freedom Train steam locomotive # 4449

Spoken Version

In the midst of foggy stations
I put my ear to cold train tracks
parallel tendons
coursing through limbs
of this country,
listen for the pulse
of giants

I jump hobo trains
into open carts to find
a remote memory,
heartbeat recalled by the
metronomic thumping
of irregularly shaped wheels
as I lay to sleep in boxcars,
behind open sliding doors
to expanses of land

Eyes prodding through leathery skin
skimming blistering winds
traversing deserts, tunnels
through the bellies of colossal mountains
I study red masses of sleek stone,
precariously dangled on edge
by nail tip
as if buttresses holding sky

In the arid heartland of dreams,
I long for the thumping of your chest,
where I laid my ear
the space between rail ties

10 Comments on “Train Tracks

  1. You have the most exquisite word choices. I’m always transported to the places you paint with your words. Great addition to have the voice too!

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