Friday, May 31

Train Tracks



Man built the tracks of steel and wood
for progress is the force that pushes us through

Laborers clinked and clanked all day
for hardly a viable living wage

And when the tracks were set as stone
along came rolling the fiery throne

Blowing smoke as dark as mud
expanding outwards like a flood

For years the animals lived in terror
scurrying away at the faintest tremor

Until Progress became obsolete
in its place came a new fleet

Of mobile cars, great automobiles
able to move with their free wheels

And what of the tracks laid to rest?
the ones that stretched from east to west?

Slowly were they overcome
by natures calm, insightful drum

Vines crawled and carried their way through
flowers of all shades, pink, yellow, and blue

And the trees formed a tunnel over the tracks
allowing only sunlight to filter through cracks

In their now immense canopy of cure
a bandage of leaves for the awful wood-metal scar


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8 comments:

  1. "Slowly were they overcome
    by natures calm, insightful drum"

    I love the change in tone, the contrast that occurs after these lines...well crafted, Charleen. Thank you so much for writing!!

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  2. Love your interpretation of the photo...especially the ending.."In their now immense canopy of cure a bandage of leaves for the awful wood-metal scar"

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  3. Slowly were they overcome
    by natures calm, insightful drum

    You said it as it is Charleen! The abrupt innocence of progress leaves all others abandoned in its wake! Nicely!

    Hank

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  4. ...a bandage. I like that. And some have become a bike bath or walk way through nature!

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  5. I love this poem for its sound qualities - the rhymes, the use of onomatopoeia - it gave another dimension to your description.

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  6. ... 'a bandage of leaves' ~~~ what a lovely thought.

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  7. Slowly were they overcome
    by natures calm, insightful drum

    I like the implicit question in this piece: progress vs. Progress...

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