Smoky Hoss

Gold Star - 13,638 Points (01 may 1962 / U.S.A.)

Freight Train Fever - Poem by Smoky Hoss

He put the handcuffs on me
behind my back,
threw me in the car
right beside the railroad tracks;
got in
and started sayin,
somethin bout ridin a train
without payin;
I didn't hear
anything else he said,
cause I was already 1,000 miles away
inside my head;
out there catchin
the next west-bound freight,
headin on
for another free state.
But now, here I am lyin with the drunks
on a cold jailhouse floor,
lookin through long steel bars
to the freedom waitin just beyond the door;
there's no one I could call
on the telephone,
so I'll just have to do my time
while tryin to find some words for a new poem;
gazing out through
a one by one window pane,
I hear the thunder
and see the dark rain;
wonderin why I do this
over and over again,
I can't come up with one good reason why it is
I must go chasin that same old wild-wind;
I guess it's just the way I am
somethin I've gotta do,
when my mind gets heavy
and my soul turns blue;
hitchin down the road
lookin for a ride to anywhere,
takin trails and boxcars
far away from mad worldly cares.
It's a fever
that I can't seem to explain...
why it is I love to ramble
and hop aboard lonely-moanin old trains.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

... like a magnet, the train whistle draws me,
whispering, come on boy, there's so much out there to see...

Comments about Freight Train Fever by Smoky Hoss

  • (7/30/2013 1:51:00 AM)

    Freedom calls! Another beautiful glimpse of Americana! Gayle (Report) Reply

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  • (10/7/2012 8:00:00 AM)

    Most of us can only stand back and watch someone else catch that train. what a gold nugget this is, Smoky! (Report) Reply

  • James Casey (10/6/2012 1:40:00 PM)

    Well, Ya Rote a nice poem there, Jailbird. Maybe on the way to court Ya can escape and ride with the hobos across this here land. nice stuff Smoky

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  • Heather Wilson (10/6/2012 10:43:00 AM)

    Wow, that`s why you are such a good poet then, you had plenty of practice behind bars...nice one (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2012 3:25:00 AM)

    Really like this, I love this kind of story. it would make a great blues song.
    A fantastic poem.
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  • (10/4/2012 11:09:00 AM)

    On a freight train out of town, not knowing where I'm bound-this is one experience I wished I had done.
    A dramatic, daring and exciting write.With Merle along you two could have written some good stuff.
    Really enjoyed this
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  • Bert Bell (10/3/2012 1:50:00 PM)

    This is another solid poem, Smoky, and on that I can strongly relate to as I used to hop freight trains myself years ago. I loved that life and the freedom that came with it. This is a definite winner. Ther were just two lines that I found a bit confusing. They are-
    'gazing out through
    a one by one window pane.'

    Great poem.

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  • Valerie Dohren (10/2/2012 1:38:00 PM)

    Make sure you buy a ticket next time Smoky, no freedom in being behind bars - great write, enjoyed the story. (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2012 1:15:00 PM)

    Nice one! I've an urge to hop a freight out of here myself! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 4, 2012

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