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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

Goin’ Home

Her silver glint, Struck the sky, Shinin’ off the steel. I walked along the wobbly banks, Sinkin’ in my dreams. The wooden ties sang a song, Shakin’ under shoes. I clenched my toes. She rumbled so, Shatterin’ silence with her wheels. Horns sounded off, Chugs serenaded to the clouds. I skittered to the woods, Lost,

Respect the Steel

She thwacked me once, She slammed me twice, Her path stifled my tracks. I bruised, I bled, I cracked my head, Mangling my cheer. For not every catch,  On the fly, Brought romantic bliss… Fumblin’ feet and hot pursuit left me, but adrift. A flap of skin danced on my head, the crimson flowed within,

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

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Train Hopping

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 adventures is now COMPLETE!   Freight 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

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

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Train Hopping

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

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

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