THE RAILWAY LINE by Gareth Culshaw

 
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THE RAILWAY LINE

by Gareth Culshaw

The two-prong tone of rattling

left by the last train out of here:

Sleepers sleep in somber light.


Double beat bird song of heavy pull

carrying hands and lazy feet:

Sleepers sleep in somber light.


The going nowhere of a distant turn

a miserable bridge without a passing:

Sleepers sleep in somber light.


Birds in flight pass by without thought

growing brambles sprawl and grin:

Sleepers sleep in somber light.


Built up snow, cancerous frost

sun baked rails left to rot:

Sleepers sleep in somber light.


Signals straight when watching.

I see the lines leading up ahead

and will wait for them until I'm dead.


 
 

 
 
 

Gareth Culshaw lives in Wales. He had his first collection out in 2018 by Futurecycle called The Miner. He has his second out early 2020 called Shadows of Tryfan. He is an MFA student for Manchester Met.

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