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Man Waves at Train

September 24th, 2013  |  Published in Blog

JUNE 10, 2013

from Memory’s Rooms
by Eleanor Swanson
Listen to her in person on June 14 at Conundrum in RiNo

He works on his Chevy
truck almost every Saturday
and last night dropped
the eight ball on the break
at Cunningham’s Bar where
Clydesdales march forever
around the light over the pool table.

He still remembers the time
that once, in his tricked out
Camaro, he drag-raced
a Plymouth with a 426 hemi,
its primer silver in the moonlight.
That night, he drank in
the feeling of sitting alone
behind the wheel, watching
the tach climb to red line,
each roaring second perfect.

This morning, like every day,
he got up before light,
climbed in the truck
and began to count the hours
until the weekend.
Then suddenly, another day gone,
he sat in afternoon rush hour.

When he saw the train coming
under the interstate he took
off his cap and started waving
at the Burlington Northern engine,
waving for his life at a train
that had pulled over mountains
where it was so dark you could see
the whole sky full of burning stars.

He pressed the gas and took a lane.
If he didn’t go now
he might never go.
When he got there
it would be just dark
enough to see all those stars—
burning and burning.

 

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