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Aunt Margaret's Flat
by Kathryn M Collins

Saturday, May 05, 2007
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sometimes you can't go back

Aunt Margaretís Flat


The floor atilt like a carnie funhouse,

rolled and shook as the six forty-five

out of Grand Central thundered by

on the creaky Third Ave. El(evated).


So close you could touch it with a broom

but for the sparks and the speed and terrible

clank, steel on steel it screeched;

set the yellowed window shades to flying.


Gone now the decrepit stepping stones to progress,

gone to bullet trains to fancy condos;

Margaret gone to old age then to we all know what;

the child gone to yesterdayís inflated dreams.


To what will we be gone? 


Kathryn M. Collins

May 5, 2007


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Reviewed by D Johnson 5/6/2007
Wasn't it Thomas Wolf who said "You can't go home, again" This is a special piece of poetry unveiling so many thoughts.

Reviewed by H Cruz 5/5/2007
This sounds like my mom's place. Was it in Chicago next to the El's curve causing a horrid screech by the trains wheels. Man I hated that sound.
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 5/5/2007
Golly, Kathryn. The more I read it the more layers I discover. It depicts the way I've been feeling about somethings, lately; family ties, friendships, old places. It's like no one knows no one any more. Loved it! Gosh! You're talented.

Reviewed by Rusty Daily 5/5/2007
Much more insight than meets the eye. Simple, well versed poem with profound meaning.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/5/2007
This is soooo special. I can actually feel the tremble of the train and hear it's voice as it rumbles by. Great capture of a time capsule moment for sure.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/5/2007
Leaves me ondering..The Grand Central trains seemed second rate to me, as we chugged to poughkeepsie...
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