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i love Amtrak

this train is rolling
bouncing along
through
darkness
taking me home

the man on the bench seat across from me
just told me heís going to kill me
as he poured gin from his pint bottle
into his orange juice

then he yelled something about ďChristmasĒ
and laughed and swatted
at something he seemed to think was flying around his head
he smells like heís pissed his pants a few times
in the several weeks heís obviously been wearing them

I love Amtrak

before darkness I could see
barb wire borders
divide open space from rail from open space
cattle in feed lots
eating corn
from feed troughs
gravely roads snaking up green hills towards rusty corrugated steel sheds
pastures with long brown grass
creeks running low but persistent
water towers in the distance

moving along
whistle blowing
train slowing

gravel yards full of rusting red and green and yellow steel
monstrosities of industrial and agricultural applications
cemeteries old as the white mans occupation of these plains
when they were stolen from the Osage
corn fields harvested
soybeans ready for the combine no longer golden but dry and brown
and if we slow down enough as we pass this farm
I can still get a wi fi connect

crazy man finally passed out drunk
he snores loud
at least he didnít follow through on the death threat
at least not yet

oh, I see, now itís another social rejects turn
to inflict herself upon me

what is it that makes people think Iím interested
in what they have to say
or anything at all

fuck

donít I look as anti-social as I feel
maybe I need a big anti-social tattoo across my forehead

why wonít this chick shut up
does she really think I want to hear about
what itís like to work at Wal-Mart
or what the flood of Ď93 was like in Washington, MO
or in Ď95
or really that I would want to hear anything at all that she has to say

next stop HermanÖ
...where weíre going to pick up 102 drunks from the winery
overfill this train with winos
and beer swilling weekenders
get this party started

drown out NASCAR lady here who just wonít let go

did I tell you? I love Amtrak



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~Drake Lightle

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drakelightle@comcast.net


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The following comments are for "i love Amtrak"
by DeletedUser

i love amtrak
and i love this website because you can find some of the most creative and off-the-wall poetry anywhere in the world here, and this poem is a perfect example of what i am talking about because it is just too zany and fun for words.

john. john doe.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: December 5, 2006 )

Windchime and Johnjohndoe...
thanks both for your reviews.

I appreciate the empathic read, windchime.

And johnjohndoe, thanks for putting me in that off-the-wall category...though I like to think of myself as a tattoo of personal design and not something off-the-wall in that sense...that I might have my own voice and unique way of seeing things that other people see as well, and just writing about it differently.

( Posted by: DeletedUser [Member] On: December 5, 2006 )





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