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From the October Issue

KIM BRIDGFORD

Trains


We used to count the cars in trains;
We used to have no enemies.
We thought we’d learn what this life means.

One day, we’d know how this explains
The that of life. Like histories,
We used to count the cars in trains –

Graffiti, livestock, various grains –
Objectified the moving haze.
We thought we’d learn what this life means.

The sky-cup brims, and over-rains,
The colors in hyperboles.
We used to count the cars in trains.

Now all seems different like the scenes
Of archetypes, mythologies.
We thought we’d learn what this life means.

Add one and one and one: just ones.
The notion of a larger arc will tease.
We used to count the cars in trains.
We thought we’d learn what this life means.

 

Kim Bridgford is the past director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the United States. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit and the recently released Doll.

 

 

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