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The Web Poetry Corner - Ron Bliss - The Railroad Tracks

The Railroad Tracks

by

Ron Bliss

I USED TO WALK THE RAILROAD TRACKS
WHEN I WAS ONLY TEN,
I'D WAVE AT ALL THE ENGINEERS,
AND THEY'D WAVE BACK AND GRIN

I KICKED AT STONES, AND WALKED THE RAILS,
AND LAID MY PENNIES DOWN,
I CARRIED HOME SO MANY SPIKES
TREASURES, I HAD FOUND,

BUT NOW THE TRAINS NO LONGER RUN,
THE TRACKS HAVE TURNED TO RUST,
THE WEEDS HAVE TAKEN OVER, AND,
THE TIES WILL SOON BE DUST,

MY FRIENDS, THE ENGINEERS, HAVE GONE,
IT'S NOT THE SAME AS WHEN,
I USED TO WALK THE RAILROAD TRACKS,
WHEN I WAS ONLY TEN.

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