Have You Ever Travelled By Train?

Have You Ever Travelled By Train? short poem

Uploaded by Elizaveta Musatova

Your name is marked in its ledger.
It will find you, catch you flatfooted.
Trap you. Have you. Keep you hostage
and not ask for ransom.

This is snake charming –
rattlesnake charms the man,
lulls and rocks and poisons.
It will melt you down
never to come back.
It will spit out your double –
same voice, same freckles, same grey sweater,
same trinket on the bunch of keys to your life –
to chit-chat weather and news and souvenirs
with unsuspecting family
on his way from the station.

The game is on. Any day now
you may wake up to know
that it is today when you
will sign your name
on the warrant for your annihilation.

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