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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

THE WOMAN ON THE TRAIN

 

by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal

 

 

I knew this woman.

Perhaps I met her on a train.

Maybe she was a passenger

traveling in the same direction

I was going.  Sometimes it was

cold outside and we talked about

the weather.  Sometimes it was hot

and we talked about the heat.

We talked about the trees and

the incessant noise of birds.

She talked about the flowers

in her garden and somehow

the conversation stopped.

The trains wheels screeched

and the scent of nicotine filled

the air.  The nights grew long

and the days grew heavy.

Many nights she would not be

on the train.  Many days I was

the lone passenger.  After a

thousand days and a thousand

nights, I saw the woman standing

on the platform.  She took a

different train and I was no longer

sure if I knew her.  She traveled

to different places and I remained

in the same town, always.

If she could only remember

who I was, perhaps the talks

we had of winter, she would

be a passenger on my train again.

We would talk like we always talked

about the injustice in our lives,

about the sadness of being alone,

holding back our tears.  Perhaps

the train would come to a screeching

halt and we would step out into the city

and have a drink. We would talk about

our youth when the blues were just

blue skies and we had the desire to live

lives not so frenetic.  We would look out

the window and shout out and laugh

as the train left the station for good.

 

 

 

Luis works in the mental health field in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. His first poetry book, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His next poetry publication will be out in 2016 from Kendra Steiner Editions.

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