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May 27, 2024

St. Louis

as I speak...

freight train is pulling out

of train yard on a rainy night 

in St. Louis

past graffiti riddled walls

go the graffiti riddled boxcars 

past the horse stables 

of the city carriage company 

the horses look out 

from their stable windows

flesh and blood horses

watching iron horses

squeaking and grinding 

to central Illinois

loads of black coal

in the hoppers 

train yards of unfortunates and psychopaths 

lonely train gates

dinging dinging danger danger

on remote country roads 

no one to hear their lonely 

attempts at conversation