On the edge of Bratenahl

1 min
Image of Summer 2020

An ancient ghost of a train rattles across rusted rivets
It sings on the tracks of work once done
Of houses just built, ready to house, to feed
Of families out in the street on Sundays

The train runs infrequent now
The buildings losing paint like an old man losing hair
Orange has sunken into the colors, rusting
A lonely bus pulls up on the dead street

On the other side of the train bridge
There anchors another of concrete, cool, grey
Shaking, vibrating, strutting its load
Four lines of racing death, headed back and away

Beyond bridge two lays Quiet, sleeping
Napping away under ancient soldier trees
Soldiers alert in their blue and white passing every five
Keeping the rust away from the hedgerows

Here shine the towering houses
Armoured against poverty by their stained glass
They chose here for the lake
Waves crash on their back porches

Two bridges
Two budgets
Two cities
One soil


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Mary Tabor · ago
One soil, indeed. This poem pulses with the life you describe.
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Rachel Ina · ago
Great work, Isabel! I really like your vivid descriptions
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Brian Jackson · ago
Very vividly describe
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Shawn B · ago
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Tony Martello · ago
Isabel, my continued support- 5 votes. Congratulations on making it through to the finals. I have two stories that progressed as well, "Green Springs" and "Maize of Color" in the other categories. Feel free to vote for those as well. I appreciate your support! Tony
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Keith Simmonds · ago
My support for this poem with great imagery and gripping ! Good luck!
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Rhonda MacAllister · ago
Really nice! Beautiful lines.
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Dorothy Yope · ago
Nice work
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Janice Garcia · ago
Wow! Didn't know we had a poet next door!
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Janet Fichter · ago
Lovely imagery and a meaningful message!