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IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD

It's a trailer park, okay. It's by a train yard. 'Natch.

TRAIN

Where I live, I hear the whistle blow

Air pushing through the slotted metal

Powerful

Sorrowful

Warning

It says, “Beware my wheels that cut like knives, rumbling over iron tracks. Beware.”

It says, “Make way, frail things. Make way. I barrel through. I barrel.”

Where I live, I see the trains

Their hulking cars long and dark

Scarred

Barred

Waiting

Each says, “Clasp me, lock me, back to back, need to go. Make me go.”

Each says, “Want to follow, want to move. Let’s go!”

Where I live, I fear their place

The place below where those steely beasts roam

Monstrous

Horrendous

Beautiful

I say, “I’ll look from here, above and safe. Here I’m safe.”

I say, “I feel the pull, to be down there, to ride with you. I want to go.”

“Let’s go!”
“Let’s go!”
“Let’s go!”


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( 22 comments — Boo Me )
shaelise
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Lovely description.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
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cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: All aboard!
Exactly!

Thanks! :-D
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cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, Cathy!!! hugs!
faerie_writer
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome poem!! I had a train track running behind an apartment I used to live in. It's when I first started having to wear earplugs. :)
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think if I lived in the trailer closet to the yard, I definitely would be wearing earplugs! As it is, the noises are obvious, but muffled.
juliakarr
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Nice poem! I grew up on a street in the center of town - and the street itself was divided by a train track. I loved living there once I got used to the train schedule - 3 p.m. - a passenger, with a conductor who always waved to us. Two freights during the day - and a long freight in the middle of the night. Plus the midnight passenger train that rarely stopped in town.

I think I even still have a penny I put on the tracks.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
That's mandatory, isn't it? A penny on the tracks! This train yard is very box car only... Isaac thought it was the Island of Sodor (where Thomas the Tank Engine lives) when he was a toddler. ;-) (That's 'cause my folks live not too far from the train yard, too, and we'd visit whenever we could.)
juliakarr
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
That's cool! To this day I love trains!
daydreammuse
Feb. 8th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
You are alive!!!!??! I seriously thought something bad has happened. *hugs* Glad you are back.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hee, hee! You know, you're in my locked friends only group... Check out my blog proper and you'll see all I've been up to....

Hugs!!!
daydreammuse
Feb. 8th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well silly me. I will, but I was overwhlemed you know. I just say your random comment on another blog and it was struck by lightning. *hugs*
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
That makes me feel like I really matter--thank you for that! It's so good to be back with you and everyone else... Your brilliant blogs, caring words... Can't ask for more! (Except for maybe publication, but you know what I mean.) ;-D
daydreammuse
Feb. 8th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I totally get you. Publication. I am on that wait list as well and of course I like to get 30+ comments on my blog, but well I don't want to push it. I am grateful to be where I am, so I am not moaning too much. But you do matter. Trust me.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
You matter, too!!! HUGS!!!

(Aw, it's like a love fest over here... Try not to gag. Hee, hee!)
jbknowles
Feb. 8th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Beautiful.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!!
jennifer_d_g
Feb. 8th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I love your poem.

Yesterday my family and I took the ski train up to the mountains and it was slow and lovely. I kept thinking how weird it was that I was a part of the clakety clack that someone else was hearing from their home. I was on the inside of the noise.
cocoskeeper
Feb. 8th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh! I love that! "Inside of the noise."
artistq
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Very cool! : )
cocoskeeper
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanky kindly! :-D
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