Dining Car

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm

In honor of Thanksgiving, some reflections on overland travel. Photograph of rural Maryland, taken from an Amtrak dining car.

Dining Car


In light so dim

the blue seats and tables

halo hazily.

The windows’ black glass

blitzes headlights here,

a warehouse lamp there,

peninsulas of brightness

extending from the black hour.


We rock,

feel the tracks’ million segments,

watch the chairs swivel

as if sat-in by anxious ghosts.


I force-chew

a mouthful of garden-burger

that tastes like the plastic

it was microwaved in.


So far from signals,

my cell-phone is a stone

in my pocket,

and even my pulse

feels stilled.


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