poetry by j matthew waters

too many trains

I do not like the trains
I do not like how they take
my friends away

those trains are not for people
they are for cows and pigs
destined for the slaughterhouse

I’ve seen the train stations
I watched through the fence
have witnessed the police tell my friends
they are going to a better place

they line them up like animals
day after day all summer long
stuffing them into windowless cars

I know the police are lying
please please please do not let them
put me on a train

june two thousand twelve
copyright j matthew waters
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5 thoughts on “too many trains

  1. Bonnie on said:

  2. heartrending scene – well written, John

  3. oh my. That was a slap in the face. Horrifying, powerful write.

  4. Wow, I felt this one, John, intense and heart tugging, but great writing!

  5. This is amazing, John! Very rhythmic and ominous.

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