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poetry by j matthew waters

too many trains


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

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

I’ve seen the train stations
daddy
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
daddy
day after day all summer long
stuffing them into windowless cars

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


june two thousand twelve
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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5 thoughts on “too many trains

  1. heartrending scene – well written, John

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

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

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

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