A poem a day in April from Rutgers English PhD students and friends.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Books to have read sooner

Lolly Willowes heard the goods train
Panting along at night, in the woods, a sound reprobated by man

I know that sound. I have heard it too,
As a child, hiding behind a door, knowing it was the sound of a parade passing by

Something I loved was there, tied up,
I’ve heard it since then too, familiar, never welcome, a warning

But maybe I should learn to follow it, like Lolly,
Join the parade, not to rescue the kidnapped, but to go where it is being taken

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