The Train

Train brakes
echo
in a river-run circle
around my world.

Do you hear the train?
Does it wake you as it sweeps
­.. its coal-filled path
…. around the Mon?

…… 49 cars
……….to each
………… engine

Had you noticed?

The ever-present Conrail symbol
.. smiles at me

…. 50 times,
…… 100 times,
………. or more.

Then, at night,
when the train rumbles
through a thick valley fog,
.. do you watch for the train
…. that you can only hear?

Nichole M. Dulin
1995

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One thought on “The Train

  1. In southwestern Pennsylvania, locals refer to the Monongahela River as “the Mon.” It’s an old river, so it loops back and forth slowly, like a lost old man stumbling north toward Pittsburgh. The train tracks run along the river bank, crossing over the river at points along the path. Like the barges, their cargo is mostly coal.

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