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Night Trains by Marianne Szlyk

Rain rattles the roof
of the night train going north.
A dozen people under umbrellas
wait twenty minutes for the last Metro.

Lightning flashes
over the ocean miles away.
Last buses arrive and

Everyone is going someplace else.

The night train going south
presses on into Sunday morning.
We pass the green beginnings
of the river that later divides the city.
The great-grandmother in jeans checks her cell phone
while the grandson beside her sleeps.

This will still be the night train
even after we leave,
even after the river ends in seawater
and the morning loses itself in afternoon.

Marianne Szlyk is an associate professor at Montgomery College as well as an associate editor at Potomac Review.  Her poem “Listening to Electric Cambodia” appeared in The Blue Hour Anthology Volume Two.  She has also published poems in Aberration Labyrinth, Jellyfish Whispers, The Antigonish Review, and other journals.  Her family used to vacation in Canada, once taking the train to Moosonee, Ontario.


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