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Watching the Trains Go By

Published October 13, 2017 in Hobos , LA Stories - 0 Comments

Watching the trains2

Red ball, line of freight cars

big as a football field.

Standing on the platform,

smoking a cheap cigar.

Thinking about the next stop,

forgetting all the last stops.

No home to settle down,

No savings to fall back on.

There’s no 401Ks for drifters.

History doesn’t care for those who ride the Cadillac grainer.

Box Car

Published July 28, 2017 in Hobos - 0 Comments

Box Car

It was cold in the freight yard.

Wished for nothing but long johns,

all winter.

Now, they would have saved him.

His pants felt like they were made of paper.

Had two shots of rye left.

Needed one to warm up, but that didn’t last more than five minutes.

The chill got inside his bones.