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000. Intro: Union Station

by John Herzog

pillars rise around you
vaulting into the ether
oh, exalted traveler
take your breather
as you pause
in the spiraling halls
where it all begins and ends

take your baggage in tow
your dreams carved
from limestone foundations
your story another symphony
like all those that came before
composing footsteps echoing
across the concourse

at the crossroads of kingdoms
with jesters spinning fantasies
cacophonies to drown out
those who dare to sing
just stay your course
through fabled station
out gates into the city
and remember

this song is yours

05/22/2018

Author's Note: Chicago Union Station - where it began.

Posted on 05/22/2018
Copyright © 2021 John Herzog

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/23/18 at 03:42 AM

Amazing stuff John...spellbound!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/26/18 at 02:06 PM

John, yours is a beautifully composed ode. It reminds me of Hart Crane in some of its aspects and there is so much reverence running through and much appreciation for what has become fabled, in an architectural and steadfast and anchoring and anticipatory sense. Train stations are such wondrous affairs.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 05/28/18 at 04:09 PM

I love what Phil said and agree. The poem is, as usual, well written with images that capture the imagination and take us on your journey through train travel and destination, but also your own life journey. I love your work, but this one is especially evocative for me, having so many memories of union stations, still etched and now brought forward by your poem. Thank you, John.

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