may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

all we have left (of history)is AMTRAK

Railroads across prairies-=opened up the West
Telegraph and railroad tracks combined to demise bison/tribes
Now ghost trains stretch skeleton ghost trails-
Lake Shore Limited,Adirondack,Pennsylvanian
Californian Zephyr,Empire Builder,Sunset Limited
Coast Starlight ,Cardinal and the Southwest Chief-
all are dying species.Federal funding is fickle-
we fly and complain,or Greyhound and complain
rather than take time to take a slow train
Soon they will be preserved for Sunday steam picnics
and we will wax nostalgic/yet neither fund nor ride these rails
"My father was a train.Let me explain-i am an airplane.."

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