Train Crossings at Night

by Shonda Creemer

2:00 a.m.

I can’t sleep

My mind is distracted
by noises in the night

Seems everything is
so much louder when
the rest of the world
is asleep

A train just passed
over the tracks
and I can hear its voice
every time it comes
to a crossing

Even those crossings
that are a few miles away

Short bursts
every handful
of minutes

5 seconds of noise
1 long 2 short
4 times each
for at least 6 crossings

Why can’t I just rest
my head
like normal people?

such is life

2:04 a.m.


Author's Note: another sleepless night ~ see what happens when your brain is tired

Posted on 01/30/2005
Copyright © 2021 Shonda Creemer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mark Maxey on 01/31/05 at 06:39 PM

yep...you captured what it is ....and hopefully writing about it can make you sleep now! :P

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 02/01/05 at 06:03 AM

yeah...we have a train a few miles away that I only hear in the middle of the night....this is kinda lonely...but the middle of the night is exactly that...

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