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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

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

Train Hopping Gondola

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

Train Hopping Loaded Coal

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

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