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RAILROAD CROSSING

Poetry By: moonphish
Poetry


a look back but not forward


Submitted:Oct 30, 2012    Reads: 25    Comments: 4    Likes: 4   


i came across a railroad track

one dark and foggy night
the bells rang out a chorus
with a glare of crimson light
the ground began to thunder then
i knew the train was near
i saw the ghosts of headlights
and it caused a sense of fear
the train appeared a lengthy one
and not of rapid speed
i had been in a hurry
and for this, i had no need
that's when i saw the images
just like a movie screen
and every car that passed me by
contained a different scene
the first was of a baby born
a howling face of red
a little mop of matted hair
was plastered to its head
the next, the child began to walk
he struggled with each step
he looked just like a little foal
so awkward and inept
and then the lad went off to school
so sharply dressed and proud
i realized this was my life
"my God", i said aloud
i saw my mother's funeral
the year that i reached ten
the tears were running down my face
with thoughts of "could-have-been"
then came my graduation day
my mortarboard was tossed
a lad with no direction sought
his navigation, lost
my wedding day came much too fast
too young, i realize now
i wasn't near mature enough
to take a scared vow
then three scenes of my children
at the moment of their birth
the finest contribution
that i gave the planet earth
and next my wife was leaving
i was broken and adrift
and ready to try anything
to give myself a lift
then years of self destruction
in an effort to just cope
my spirit welling up in me
at last, to give me hope
and then another marriage
and my crooked line grew straight
and i knew i was approaching soon
the present time and date
i saw my own face looming then
it took me by surprise
the look i gave myself
reminded me to close my eyes
the train accelerated on
but never did i peak
the future is a mystery
its secrets should not leak
and when i opened up my eyes
i could not help but stare
the road i saw was clear ahead
no railroad crossing there




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