poetry and prose about place

abandoned railroad siding

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Viceroy on rail

Viceroy on rail


abandoned railroad siding


a  viceroy butterfly, orange

leaded glass

and rows of wary eyes

naturally suspicious

settles on the slate-grey rail

flexes its wings, nonchalant


as the black bear who

ambled the track

left a dump

of blackberry seed

undigested pulp

or the enthusiastic jumble of clovers

blooming between the ties


rails are held between the trill

of insect and the quaver

of goldenrod, caught in the crossfire of sun

light focused through

signal lenses

and glass insulators

on unstrung

telephone poles


turn toward horizon

rails merge and vanish

altered stride of railroad

walking made confident

by the absence of train



railway crossing

railway crossing


railway near Rooth, New Brunswick

railway near Rooth, New Brunswick


Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

July 4, 2014 at 7:42 am

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  1. This is lovely, Jane. 🙂



    July 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

  2. I remember this poem in another version. Even lovelier with photos. Hope all is well with you.


    Carol Steel

    July 4, 2014 at 7:49 am

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