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In Between the Shades of Green

Train Hopping Abroad Palmerston North to Hamilton The sun crept its piercing fingers through the nylon draped over my head, poking my eyes, as I lay there in a steaming pool of sweat and grime. I awoke only a few hours later at 8 AM, trackside in Palmerston North. My eyes drooped in lethargy as

Train Hopping

Empty Lumber in the Land of Kiwi

Ridin’ Blind on Empty Lumber Outta Napier The Big Island drifted away between blurs of deep blue ocean and wispy clouds as I set my roots in New Zealand. That night, my plane landed in Auckland, and I walked about 100 meters from the terminal up an embankment of mulch. Shards of bark scrunched beneath

A Year of Freight Trains

The Adventures of Brian Cray A Year of Freight Hopping           WATCH THE 2017 RECAP OF FREIGHT HOPPING! Please like, subscribe or comment if you haven’t already…the more exposure will help to self-publish a book if it is not picked up by a publisher.   The book covering my train hopping

Train Hopping Across America

Train Hopping Across America A few years ago when I first really contemplated about train hopping across America I did not think I would really do it.  After four years of on and off homelessness, with a short bout of no work and nothing much to do I decided to get out there and really

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Emotional Nihilist

The Emotional Nihilist – Prose Poetry He walks alone; Drowning in himself; His incompetence His sorrows His fears All clouding his mind… His choices An emotional nihilist Seeking hedonistic pleasures… With a tip of the bottle A pop of a pill A flick of a flame Addiction never surfaces as a consequence… It’s a release

The Bipolar Express

Train Hopping Poetry This vessel of emotion is like a sinking ship.   He tries to mend the wound, but the stitches are infinite.   To mask intense sorrow with a hedonistic lifestyle allows the depiction of happiness, through chase.   But, the demons always run rampant through his mind.   He travels thousands of

A Night on the Steel

Slowly I tiptoe Shadows drown glistening steel She creeps to a halt I wait patiently Grass joins the chorus of wind Whirs fade to a hiss I jump to my feet She starts rolling inch by inch Rocks slip under foot I clench her brisk rung Throwing myself on the porch I take off my

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Kicked in the Face by a Moose

Stuck Hitchhiking  Van Horn, Texas When I first stepped out of the police vehicle my wrists pained from the cuffs jamming into my bones. A red groove appeared under each cuff as the officer twisted the key, removing them as he pointed down the road. “County line is here kid…this is as far as we

It’s Not Fuckin’ Rocket Science

Train Hopping Charlottesville After a long drug-crazed weekend boozin’, watchin’ pupils turn to pinpoints with the flick of a flame and the exhalation of smoke, we hopped out of a jeep ready for more train hopping in Charlottesville. Mike leaned over, staring with his bloodshot eyes, tired from sleepless nights of meth and hickory smoked

Hidin’ in the Shadows of Unit Coal

Train Hopping Memphis With the recent rainfall, and playing hide and seek from workers and the bull, I threw up my white flag.  Never again will I waste two days trying to infiltrate BNSF Memphis Yard to catch a southbound train.  With the elevated track in the middle of the yard the only logical access

Loaded Coal and Locked Dreams

Train Hopping Denver After kickin’ it for a week in a townhouse off of Martin Luther King Blvd., gettin’ high off edibles, and free climbing the Flatirons in Boulder, I felt eager to hit the road again, train hopping Denver, riding blind.  Meeting up with my old college partner-in-crime made me reminisce the past.  Honestly,

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