Sunday, November 22, 2009

All de Live-Long Day (and night)

Tata tump
Tata tump
Tata tump

Train cars
Cross a switch
In the dun
Of Montana autumn
As the sun
Of Montana autumn
Behind purple cloud
Shrouding mountains

On a train called Empire Builder
Engine pawing ground
Toward Puget Sound
Contemplate empire
As you travel
Thousands of idle
Rail cars, semis
Full of nothing
The short lives
Of empires

Whether Roman
Or rail

~ Ralph Murre

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