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peeling back the blue wall
between the yellow door
and the light grey barrier
a stack of red bricks is revealed
the white sign, offset above the yellow door
offers little by way of explanation
save more ambiguity
by way of obscure impressions
of letters now long gone

between the…

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no one greets this train
when it comes to a slow stop
no one is waiting

to load or unload these cars
meanwhile, barricades pile up

in the lot between
the tracks and the old feed mill
briefly a thrift store

and now, once again, empty
and waiting, like these…

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reliance on signs
can leave one in a quandary
when the signs have all come down

what is this place?
at one time
its identity was
written on its face
it was labeled

what happens
when we rely on labels
for identification? what happens
to relationship? when we learn the…

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the main line through town
rendering an auspicious sighting
even as I wend my way back to the car
after a stroll past the short line
whose southern terminal
lies just to the left
of this frame
trains come and go
the magic of the rails endures

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this intersection
of plant life and building
shows the one falling apart and
the other having needed trimming
to keep its growth in check while
the vine in the background
has already found
a new route
to phototropic success
on its way to the very pinnacle
surreptitious advance is an…

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for lonely looking buildings
the colorful framing
against the neutral walls
does a lot to suggest vitality
and even some sense of welcome
the mailbox and the blinds suggest
people spend time in this place
though I cannot call to mind
ever seeing activity here
or cars parked outside
I…

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I don’t know when I last saw a caboose
not only painted up properly
but also in service on a rail line
walking past this one with my camera
I thought of what it might be like
to work on this short line
a childhood dream
of working on the…

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Matthew Word Bain

Matthew Word Bain

purveyor of stochastic resonance | pilgrim of blur | describing diaphaneity by means of ambiguity | https://www.patreon.com/matthewwordbain