Monday, February 13, 2012

Iron Horse Blues 1932 by Diana Dettling Buckley

Iron Horse Blues 1932

Rail yards, mostly empty

cluster of thugs by the barbed wire fence

trouble in the cards, jokerʼs gone wild

Whistles shriek, bells clang

smoke stacks belch

tireless wheels march

closer to the glinting moon

Inside a boxcar, hobos huddle

hum soulfully, strum an old banjo

ride free to their strange destiny

Restless thieves hop the train

angry curses meet flying fists

someone shouts knife!

Morning papers scream

Murder on the Galveston Express

by Diana Dettling Buckley

Diana Dettling Buckley will be a featured reader at the Friendswood Public Library on Wednesday, February 29th at 7pm. Other essayists will include Barbara Carle, Kay Cox, and Nanci Engle. Read Diana's essay Summer Holidays.

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