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The Freedom Train (Star Spangled Banner cadence)

Summer 2007 040

Cumbres-Toltec Railroad
Colorado & New Mexico
Summer 2007

He points to a TV

from a hospital bed

in a room filled with trees,

branching tubes bearing life’s fruit.

Trains fly over a bridge,

as his parents prepare

for a journey abhorred,

knowing nothing can be done.

He is faint and alone,

though surrounded by love,

while life bleeds to black

as his train pulls away.

Now he boards the ancestral

engine and waves

with a smile freed from pain,

his soul lights the way home.


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