Friday, August 5, 2016

Rail Siding Blues

Heading down the coast on the Starlight parade
Looking at the ocean as the waves crash in and the sunlight begins to fade
Creeping slower and slower trying to avoid the halt and the siding blues
Back to the days before Gore appeared with his unknown internet clues
Siding blues, stalled upon the coastal tracks
Watching the clock but still better than over O’Hare in a holding stack
Can still see and almost the ocean sniff
While chatting with new friends from Perth relishing in our unique human gift
Of all animals we are perhaps the only ones
That away from home and hearth can meet strangers as if they were daughters or sons
As opposed io the aluminum cigar crammed with human sardines
Too stressed out to dampen the barbs so cruel and mean
A radical idea as the rhetoric ramps and the tweets rumble through the late hours of the night
Hillary and Donald campaign from two ends of the train as they struggle to convince the voters which one is right
After the rallies have ended it’s back to the Dining Car
To strangers meet over cuisine less than five star
 United against a common enemy the freight trains that their dueling appearances would bar
The personal rancor and blame and name calling to at least for a discussion of the voters’ needs debar.
       © August 5, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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