Heavy Rail

Route 66, Mojave Desert, California, United States of America
I am
As always

While steel rails compress
Concrete ties depress
And the ground rumbles
Trembling underfoot

Squealing wheels grind
Steel on steel
Bearing massive loads
On thin metal ribbons

There am I, immersed
In a cacophony of senses
Reminded, once again
Just how heavy a train is

Route 66
Mojave Desert
California, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1997

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