Juan Olivarez

Silver Star - 3,980 Points (september 12 / nyssa oregon)

The Trains Of Kelso - Poem by Juan Olivarez

Oh, I've watched the trains at Kelso,
With so much wonder in my eyes.
Endless boxcars and tankers in tow,
Underneath the desert skies.

Oh, I've watched the trains at Kelso,
Running on for endless miles.
North to Nevada rattling the Earth as they go,
With wonder inside me like a child.

The Earth fairly trembles, as they roll by,
Four engines towing the train.
And the engineers all wave good-bye,
In front of an endless chain.

What a glorious sight in the setting sun,
The Trains at Kelso are.
Traveling perpetually, never being done,
As they travel both near and far.

Like gigantic serpents in the desert sun,
Just like the worms of Dune.
Never ending, never done,
From California in the month of June.

Oh, I've beheld the trains at Kelso friend,
As they roared on down the tracks.
I watched but never saw the end,
Maybe someday, when I go back.

3/22/11 Alton Texas

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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