2010 Poetry Challenge

National Poetry Month

Dana Rowe


Trolley station
Quincy Adams
loudspeaker announces next arrival
commuter rail train beats it into station
rumbles through at lower speed
the sound drifts over
lunk, lunk, lunk, lunk, lunk.
"Flat spot on one of their wheels."
trolley trundles in, stops.
outbound. Passengers:
step off, board
rattles off toward Braintree.
No flat spots.
Another announcement, another outbound.
And then the speakers confirm:
passengers board (none detrain)
and the sounds:
electric motors undercar
wheels on rails
where is the air brake hiss?
And there are bangs
from gaps between rail ends.

Old equipment
struggles through the day
while most don't notice

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