A train thunders by

Only a block away

And it reminds me

Of the dreadful downfall

Of my country

It is going faster now

Hurtling toward oblivion

The powerful engines

Pulling all that weight

And making all that noise

But without hard braking

Or a violent crash

It will inevitably

Pass on by


Nothing changed

As it roars and screeches

Into the dark of night

Leaving behind nothing

Of its awesome power

Even the deafening noise

Of its passing

Will quickly fade away

And be gone

Though maybe coming back


Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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