night train / blue window

mctavish

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  • 1914 / departures
  • last stop / cincinnati zoo
  • martha
  • died
  • one
  • september
  • day
  • last
  • passenger
  • last
  • bird
  • decades before there were
  • clouds of birds
  • tunnels of birds
  • forests ablaze with birds
  • then
  • one
  • then
  • none
  • swept by
  • a silver scythe
  • an empty swing
  • a wild &
  • twisted
  • flight
  • last
  • passenger
  • pigeon
  • she
  • slipped
  • away
  • forever
  • into sky
  • through
  • iron bars
  • into blue
  • ghost wings
  • wing bone
  • tiny xylophone
  • weightless
  • kite

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  • the repairman repair(*) repair(z) rider passenger hero (ze)ro lone bird
  • the repair(z) (hero zero rider x)
  • the rider flew
  • through an
  • open window into a
  • blue pool of light
  • s/he harbored at the nearest
  • railroad station &
  • took the night train
  • hot summer 1914
  • restless humidity /
  • season of rain

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  • a bird could easily find
  • passage
  • it was just a matter of
  • unfolding a map
  • worn by dust & decades
  • creased in a junkyard chevy
  • tomb
  • glass was thicker
  • roads wound slower &
  • iron had more
  • weight
  • mail made its way from
  • town to town

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  • sun soaked the landscape
  • rains fell against
  • tin dark nights
  • city lamps were
  • dimmer &
  • shadows
  • were deeper
  • a wild electricity
  • slipped silver across
  • naked wires
  • static expectation
  • the horizon bustled with
  • gleaming factories

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  • forget the bullets
  • shouting towards heaven
  • & black clouds of wings
  • raining death
  • forget about orange fire
  • ravaging hundreds of forest
  • miles
  • thank the ax for
  • rows of houses
  • saluting the day

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  • there is a blue window
  • on this train
  • one map one clock
  • one lamp one bird
  • a passenger rider repair(*) repair(z) hero (ze)ro
  • lone bird
  • clutching a worn brown
  • suitcase with claw & wing
  • can you hear the lonesome
  • whistle? call of wind
  • mouth harp & gentle beast
  • friend of night
  • coal whisky grain
  • homeless ghost
  • wandering shadow
  • on this train to glory
  • one car carries arms
  • one car carries soldiers
  • one car carries coal
  • one car carries grain
  • one car carries
  • ... look away dear reader
  • one car carries live stock
  • brown frightened eyes
  • look away once more
  • out the window

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  • fix your eyes upon the tracks
  • silver shining
  • ribbons of moon
  • the sun bends her rays
  • around this
  • rough cut orbit
  • glancing off our moon (our
  • only moon)
  • to dimly stain the night
  • even now the sun
  • reaches us with
  • her lamp her veils
  • her tenderness glimmers
  • before morning arrives
  • to this map this dawn

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  • the mail train
  • the london midland scottish
  • railway
  • or iowa nebraska chicago
  • new york

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  • our train moves forward
  • destinations west or south

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  • the black glass window
  • flashes silver
  • time /
  • a map

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  • wings & beak
  • fur, muscle, & hooves
  • from icy cliffs &
  • shifting tides
  • losing you
  • slipping grip
  • from this blue globe
  • this broken circle
  • fins & bulk
  • whale or reef
  • grasslands gone
  • forests torched & split

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  • falling
  • a bird but fallen
  • broken suitcase
  • broken bottles
  • reeds for lips
  • night train hurtling
  • forward

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  • cincinnati / ohio
  • the blue zoo
  • last stop
  • last motel
  • last call
  • last station
  • on the silver rail line
  • texaco dreams
  • this is the stop
  • this is the time
  • five till midnight
  • lamps aglow
  • the bell tolls
  • the oily pools
  • parched deserts
  • silent oceans
  • birdless skies
  • & your red eyes
  • brown
  • suitcase
  • torn shoes
  • coughing bird
  • whisky bird

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  • the rider woke

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  • not september
  • not cincinnati
  • not caged
  • not iron bars or
  • black black oily seas
  • forests tall as canyons
  • not september
  • not that passenger
  • alone
  • in her cage
  • singing to
  • late night
  • hollow echo concrete echo
  • this iron horse rides
  • past carnivals &
  • bowling alleys
  • texaco signs &
  • bars
  • industry!
  • past sleepy towns & drive in
  • pictures
  • life aglow
  • shiny metal coins
  • & watches

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  • books of green stamps &
  • toasters
  • silverware &
  • pretty red glasses
  • green rimmed plates
  • pretty circles
  • pretty lines
  • & diners
  • the horse pulled in
  • to rest
  • & the rider found a table at a
  • diner near the station
  • near the five & dime
  • near woolworth's pretty bell
  • the door opened on bells
  • a sandwich &
  • steaming coffee
  • a soda &
  • piece of pie
  • red red cherry
  • pie
  • & glass windows
  • christmas lights & dolls
  • not december
  • but august afternoon

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  • lazy sun
  • sweltering noon day
  • sun & glass windows
  • gathering heat
  • glory heat
  • asphalt heat
  • & the rider
  • at the center
  • of the reflection
  • in radiant heat
  • the center of all
  • light
  • a mirror
  • a pocket full of mirrors
  • to hold the heat
  • black heat
  • mercury rising
  • the rider rising
  • blazing opal eyes
  • cloaked in radiance
  • soaked in
  • radiance
  • fire
  • rushing down streets
  • at dawn

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  • at midnight
  • the rider gathers their
  • blue coat
  • & flies
  • all aboard
  • no sandwich hurry aboard
  • swing up onto
  • the platform
  • iron chariot
  • rolling fire
  • wheels & fire
  • not september
  • not
  • a soot lined window
  • opening onto
  • cincinnati streets
  • august hot night
  • bisected night
  • maps, trains, rural routes
  • dust & stones
  • sky
  • black lines
  • night
  • lamp's yellow

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  • halo &
  • moth
  • passenger (z)ero hero lone bird
  • rider awake
  • steam & iron
  • iron velocity
  • iron night
  • steam red fires
  • black coal
  • red hat
  • red ticket
  • torn
  • sandwich
  • pale paper
  • pale stare
  • pale conductor
  • dreaming
  • with sandwiches
  • asleep in
  • broken down
  • streetlamps
  • broken light
  • cold nights
  • sandwiches
  • & dumpsters
  • manifestos & blankets

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  • stolen maps
  • brown paper bags
  • & white receipts holding
  • black rows of numbers
  • blue patches of light
  • loose change &
  • crumpled bills or
  • gleaming mountains of green
  • golden houses built on
  • acres of green
  • rivers of black
  • asphalt between
  • a bird
  • would fly far from here
  • but the rider was
  • a traveler
  • a passenger
  • a resident of this iron box
  • this iron speed
  • a passenger of forward
  • motion
  • forward eyes
  • hurtling motion
  • next station
  • next silver dawn

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  • next sun twisting
  • planet bending
  • light
  • or hOwl
  • tight beaked
  • glowing eyes
  • relentless forward
  • iron momentum
  • a book
  • on gravity
  • a window
  • down
  • it was the rider's plan
  • to pull it down
  • & by downward falling
  • to turn the motion
  • backward
  • to that day
  • to introduce
  • a window
  • towards sky
  • slate heavens
  • & passage

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  • a 3rd possibility
  • a forever
  • august
  • a large round
  • still clock
  • in ecstatic suspension
  • arms flung wide
  • across the golden
  • sun
  • shadow angels
  • falling
  • hYmns
  • a table of sandwiches
  • red drinks
  • & steaming
  • cups of
  • coffee
  • vending machines
  • sky blue
  • & nickels
  • spilling across
  • the floor
  • the rider could see
  • this 3rd possibility
  • a vision or
  • formula

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  • in chalk on
  • slate
  • or bound
  • in leather
  • books
  • illuminated
  • red & gold
  • black black ink
  • an angel
  • falling backward
  • bisecting time
  • lancing wrong
  • turns
  • stitching extinctions
  • back to fabrics
  • replacing maps
  • back towards before
  • that day of
  • shadow birds
  • a pen lit
  • drawing
  • the train
  • a memory of metal
  • iron black
  • lonely singer

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  • night & red & coal
  • velocity & weight
  • relentless hammer
  • chest
  • & weight
  • eyes & pitch
  • black ink & rain
  • twisting tracks
  • racing mass
  • gleaming night
  • lamp
  • stealing past
  • yellow silos
  • grain & coal
  • or lonely eyes
  • gaunt rider
  • wool fraying against
  • he night
  • the dirt dark floor
  • the track & heat
  • a glow
  • an iron beast
  • a roar
  • here on this old
  • platform

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  • left behind
  • on splintered
  • floor dark & lonely
  • lampless floor
  • on a platform a
  • bird clutches a
  • suitcase with broken
  • clasp
  • dusty lungs
  • taste of far away
  • dusty sky
  • or the train
  • unbound
  • in its belly
  • gaunt figure
  • dark crow
  • night blanket
  • relentless motion
  • black steed
  • train of night
  • train of iron
  • train of fire
  • the horse the grain
  • the coal the fire
  • the dawn

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  • unstoppable unmerciful
  • unending velocity
  • blue iron
  • mass & holy speed
  • night rider
  • grain
  • commerce
  • palettes of steel
  • lumber broken trees
  • yellow pupils
  • black cavern
  • red flames
  • thunder
  • god of storms
  • silver messenger
  • god of fire
  • welder of earth & sky
  • electric sky
  • the sky was falling
  • in glassy shards of
  • blue & steel
  • soot & rain
  • cold night
  • winter of atoms
  • wings turned to vapor

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  • hearts turned to stone
  • desert eyes
  • shadow humans
  • chalky outlines
  • burned into concrete
  • formulas lining books
  • inky extinctions
  • the whimper of gone
  • last breath
  • downward curve
  • a population dynamic
  • & finally last bird
  • last flight
  • last wings
  • last breath
  • hYmnless night
  • shadowless sun
  • merciless trajectories
  • heartless calculations
  • empty cage
  • rip tide & storm
  • or ghostly hollow noon
  • still noon
  • arid noon
  • white heat &

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  • absence
  • a hole in the sky
  • small planet
  • small circle
  • oily seas
  • coal clouds
  • last transmissions
  • majestic refineries
  • nevada plumes
  • atomic silos
  • jet streams
  • metallic giants
  • gleaming glass
  • white lines
  • asphalt tides
  • but long before that
  • the passenger alone
  • & night train
  • iron tracks
  • armaments & cigarettes
  • voyage of goods
  • orange agents of fire
  • transport commerce
  • iron waves
  • relentless tides

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  • rising
  • body counts
  • rapid heartbeat
  • extinction's pulse
  • trashcan symphonies
  • vacancy
  • empty lots
  • or endless
  • high rise
  • concrete &
  • broken glass
  • twisted steel
  • dynamite cyclones
  • but long before that
  • the rider &
  • different maps
  • different trains
  • faraway night
  • last stand
  • texaco
  • paths
  • chance
  • infinite between & time
  • light harp in 4 walls
  • light hYmns

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  • light color pitch
  • sound
  • depth or time
  • plastic commerce
  • & neon bibles
  • litanies
  • sacrifice & risk
  • broken hYmns
  • near sighted crow
  • turn the clock
  • bend the metal
  • throw the switch
  • slam the lever
  • traversals
  • migrations
  • no line falling
  • digits in flight
  • letters numbers
  • electrical wires
  • radio waves
  • wireless traffic
  • electron rush
  • epic flying movies
  • traveling through air
  • invisible waves

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  • people talking
  • through air
  • heavy clouds
  • information super highways
  • electron prophets
  • but long before
  • silicon chips
  • the race of numbers
  • the rider's chipped black beak
  • tattered red shirt
  • blackened boots
  • & worn brown suitcase
  • brown parcel
  • traveling home
  • another map
  • creased & stained
  • other trains
  • other nights
  • lonely crowds
  • guards on duty
  • sentinels
  • barbed wire
  • & prison gates
  • but before elevator
  • resurrections

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  • asphalt meadows
  • atomic roulette
  • & broken webs
  • shattered webs
  • before guns
  • last retort
  • the passenger riding
  • riding home
  • or last bird
  • dreaming
  • blue blue window
  • floods & sirens
  • night rider
  • last dream
  • & her
  • _
  • the moth
  • captive of fire
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