The Train Doesn’t Stop Here by Rick Stephen

train

Waiting at the depot
darkness having longed chased
the last tinge of color
from the inky-black sky
a darkness perforated only
by the brightest few stars

I stand here alone
it’s late,
damp and cold
a fog builds in the distance
my breath fills the air
with swirls and curls of mist
drifting before my face
that spread out, then vanish
I think to myself,
“Now there’s a metaphor!”
while turning up my collar
against the chill
a shiver runs down my spine
I’m not sure
if it’s from the cold
or the irony of the metaphor
I laugh under my breath

My eyes anxiously alternate
between the watch on my wrist
and the tracks off in distance
it’s late, dammit, it would be
it couldn’t be on time today
damn you, Murphy!

Still, I look
leaning over the edge of a platform
illuminated by a lone,
flickering floodlight
straining to spot,
hoping to see
the glint of a headlight
piercing the distant blackness
the first sign even before
the wail of a horn or
the sound of diesel or
the clack of unforgiving wheels
on cold, steel tracks
the first sign
that tells me my long, bleak,
wearisome wait
will shortly be over

Category: By the Poetic Fool, Life | Tags: , , , | 6 comments

  • Sannel says:

    Rick, this was a vivid and captivating read. I love how you’ve played with the words here, turning your well-chosen words into a picture. Very nourishing to the mind.
    Great work, my friend. I hope to see more prose from you in the future.
    Sannel

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    poeticfool Reply:

    Thank you, dear friend. I don’t have a lot of confidence writing prose but with wonderful, encouraging comments such as yours maybe that will change.

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  • Rick, You’re such an outstanding poet and writer! I’m amazed that you’ve hit a snag and felt writing was crowded out of your schedule. So I am so happy that you’re back into the groove. This piece is delightfully real and descriptive. It made visuals from beginning to end for me. Your active participation in the scene is dramatic. It is both poetry and prose! Keep it up!

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    poeticfool Reply:

    Thank you so much, Nellieanna! I do so appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I do hope to be able to write more consistently in the new year. Thanks for dropping by and leaving me your thoughts.

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  • Susan Sproull says:

    Rick, I am not a fan of prose but I really like this piece.

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    poeticfool Reply:

    Thank you, Sue! I’m slowly getting used to writing prose. It’s not my natural style, as you know. I’m thrilled to hear you like it. I value your opinion highly.

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