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  Steam and Smoke
by Odin Roark
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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As one reads of rail travelís levitational future, we leave behind a different magic.

Steam and Smoke


Clickity Clack


silver streaks from east

phantoms from west 

afar they came with

anxious voices pushed loud


once eyes bright

cheeks pressed on glass

seeing the platform ahead

smiles amassed

once waving hands

they welcomed home

the one and all

for all and one


Clickity Clack


rails once polished for speed

seek the touch of wheels

where deft swirling wrists

did Windows clean

for mirrored moon swept romantics by night

and reflected sun driven ambitions by day

now only uniformed hole punchers

slumped shoulders of yesterday

rocking before a wall





peering back

as windows darken

embraced by tunnels

once bright in their darkness

progress announces

there’s light ahead

with bullets of tomorrow


as light opens beyond

leave behind

these trestle rails or yore

the pinpoint once a universe

now embraces but voided space

a barren station here

a people past there


for today wedges levitate

these bobsleds on stilts

with speeds of flight

expectations in tow

suits embraced by silent tech



 coffee in hand

the tunnels of dark forgotten

leaving unseen blurs behind


no Clickity Clack


bodies silently exit in mass

inviting minds as one

converging the progress melt

already thirsty for the return

Chivas Regal at six


the circle of no exit

no clatter

no rumble

no screech


one’s lamented future

another’s serpentine feast


reflections lost


Steam and smoke covered dreams of once

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