Just Riding the Rails

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Alcorn Billy Holiday Woody Gutherie

The steel ribbons
shimmer in the sunlight
A hard cold highway into infinity
awaiting the boxcar of our words
tight stacks of allusions
precisely wrapped

Put an ear to a rail
You will hear the whine
flowing towards you like electricity
generated by your own anticipation
Keep an eye up the track
for a revolving light

The train won’t stop
till it reaches the station
Out here on an unguarded crossing
X marks the spot & red lights flash
for some old poet who’s
just riding the rails

“Poetry is the main line. English is the train.”
~ Nikki Giovanni


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Just Riding the Rails

  1. it would make Woody Guthrie proud


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