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He Wants To Take The Train

by Sandy M. Humphrey

Picture a young man,
cigarette in hand
newspaper spread on lap
leaning against a pillar
as he is seated on
a bench outside
Liberty Coffee Shop
His gaze far away
It is early morning
before rush hour
streets still quite
I am watching him
from the inside
a bird graphic
filtering my view
my mind wanders
to what his thoughts
perhaps might be on this
early spring Monday

"Today I'll take
the train
no plan
Just buy my
ticket from
the conductor
I will go
Where the
rails take me

I will watch
the scenery
pass quickly
through the
windows as
I start random
with strangers
Exit at the
End of the Line

Maybe that
will be a new
a place to
leave all this
sameness behind
myself and my

I could flip
a coin
Take the train
Get to work
On time"

The cashier hands
me my change
a quarter in
my palm
I toss it
Catch it

The young man
heads east
toward the


Author's Note: Poetry prompt, observe a black and white picture of a young man and write what we see, what we think his thoughts are....done and done. Added the picture descript for posting.

Posted on 04/08/2013
Copyright © 2023 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/09/13 at 01:05 PM

Nice work Sandy! Poetry from picture or photograph is always a neat process, and rewarding when one can pull it off. I can't always do it "on demand," having to feel inspired, but a few times have been successful.

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