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[To load the cars in Kansas City,
ship the cattle in Montana,
work the yards in Colorado,
sweep the grain in Corpus Christi;
to be close to Kerouac's Railroad Earth.]

On a late five o'clock
sunset-hidden afternoon
with dusky clouds everywhere
and no shadows anywhere,
I walk down the mainline freight track
and watch a long New Haven drag approaching,
kicking up clouds of autumndust
as it rumbles on past.
Deep inside I know that's for me ---
I've got to get on and ride
and ride till I'm caught,
but it's only a daydream,
always only a daydream.

As I stand intoxicated
from this long, hard-moving parade
of half-opened boxcar doors
and weathered paint hypnotically fading,
my soul cries out to me:

Copyright 1966 James D. Young
Copyright renewed 1994 James D. Young

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The following comments are for "SOMEDAY"
by JamesYoung

A wonderful snapshot of a time past. I loved this - I can still remember walking the rails in Illinois as a kid thinking these same thoughts. My pre-hippy days were obsessed with the beat poets, Woody Guthrie,Pete Seager and all. It was the idea of getting out - finding something you didn't know. To move past the thinking of the town you lived in.I doubt many young people today think about hopping a train.
Thanks for this!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: November 8, 2010 )

You NAILED it!
You got it from the git-go, jonpenny! Thank you for taking the time to post your reactions.
- Jim

( Posted by: JamesYoung [Member] On: November 13, 2010 )

Boxcar Dreams
don't chip away
like weathered paint
on boxcars full of dreams

( Posted by: awhippingflame [Member] On: July 23, 2016 )

Always nice to have a favorite poem rediscovered. Thx 4 the comment!

For others who wonder where I've been for the past several years, check Amazon. com for "Time Passages," "RERUN" and "Bounty Hunter" for your summer reding pleasure.

( Posted by: JamesYoung [Member] On: August 17, 2016 )

That should have been summer "reading" pleasure. (This library PC is ready for the scrap heap.)

Also in my haste, I forgot to say "Boulevard" may be published sometime in early 2017, along with a novella, "Untitled Story," co-written with your former illustrious magazine editor, Sandra Yuen McKay, and still under consideration by a Canadian publisher. It may be paired with her stand-alone novella, "Chop Shtick," which is downright brilliant. She is one fine writer!

( Posted by: JamesYoung [Member] On: August 17, 2016 )

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