I leave work

A day of e-mailing, tweeting

Rapid-fire transmissions

Particles of communication

A train of thoughts

Industry today.

Along a country road

I find myself waiting at a railroad crossing

As a freight train passes

A line of cars in a queue

For five minutes or more

As cargo rumbles by.

A 19th-century remnant

Still important today

Transporting products heavy and real

On a dark winter night.

A train that must be miles long

A behemoth

Whose solid form rolling down the track

Still makes the earth tremble.

— Ilene Dube

Dube is a frequent contributor to U.S. 1.

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