Last Train to Bellingham: Poem

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A markerUnion Station, Portland, Oregon -
Union Station, Portland, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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B markerBellingham Train Station -
Bellingham Amtrak, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
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Do you like this poem?

Then check out my poetry book, Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available throughSweateshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble andAmazon.com.

Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to center justify text on hubPages, but you can view it in that format on my blog. Normally it doesn't matter, but in this case it does. To get the full effect of this poem, I recommend copying and pasting the text into Word or OpenOffice and center justifying it. You could also just pick up a copy of my book and see it there :-) I hope you enjoy it!



Last Train to Bellingham


Again

the train is stopped.

Sixty miles out of Portland

and we've been stopped

for thirty minutes.

Now we're going again,

and now we're stopped

again.

We're letting another freight train pass.


Three kids next to me-

(oh, Lord God, bless their mother)

The crunching of a potato chip bag,

nickels flung against my chair,

disobedient little monsters!

I scowl at them not hiding my contempt.

Their mother looks

(tired)

at me

ready to leave the

little monsters on the train.


A bag of chips just exploded next to me.

They are all over the floor.

The carpet is greasy and crumby.

I don't help pick up.

The bag was exploded by Dylan Thomas.

The eldest-- a girl--

left her books

in the locker at the train station.

I'd kill for a cigarette.


I like the train whistle--

and the guy with the disheveled pink hair

and pink scarf and

lime green shirt and

corduroy jacket--

and the teriyaki chicken

rice bowl

I had for dinner--

and Puget Sound out the window

to my right--

and the book I'm trying to read between

prepubescent outbursts.


I'm glad that I'm not driving.

Again.

It's 5:00-- rush hour--

and if I were driving

I'd still be stopped

in that asphalt gridlock, nicknamed “Seattle.”

But at least now I can have beer.


Oh, my darling

I love you so.

Tomorrow we move you to Portland.

and I'll be driving the U-Haul

past these same rail lines.

Stuck in traffic--

and wishing for three little monsters

instead of traffic jams.

And never will I have to make this trip

without you.

Again.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price 2011.

Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY) CONSIDERS HIMSELF A POET FIRST AND FOREMOST BUT IS ALSO A SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHER AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WILL BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AS WELL AS YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot. I'm glad you enjoyed this piece!


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torrilynn 3 years ago

i love poems that speak of the environment and feelings or any poem in particular. great hub. thanks.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Alicia. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was trying to mimic the motion of the train. You can view it in center format on my blog: http://pdxjpricefirstblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/las...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Tammy, you should come out and visit the west coast. It's pretty stunning, especially the northwest


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a great poem, PDXKaraokeGuy. I love its rhythm and its format!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Reading your poetry makes me want to take an adventure out west. I haven't been further than Colorado. Sounds like a wonderful little village!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Susan, thanks. Bellingham is a nice little town. It's a nice small city alternative to Portland and Seattle.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have not been back to Seattle in many many years. I miss that place so much! Bellingham is where I would go to escape the city for long weekends. Great Poem!

Merry Christmas to you and your family and have a safe trip.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Linda. Instead of lashing out at the children I wrote this poem :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Seattle traffic is horrible. I'm not looking forward to driving through it today


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

It's a good thing you have such an awesome sense of humor Justin! Excellent poem...I was picturing the kids opening their chips and you craving a smoke! LOL Enjoy your holidays! :))


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome! I love traveling so much...I can totally imagine that scence as you painted it. I didn't know Seattle had lots of traffic? I hope you get lots of traffic you deserve it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Rebecca- thanks so much.

practical mommy, Thanks for taking the time to view this way i intended it to be read as an author. I think it makes a big difference, but I'm pleased that you like it either way!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States

I see what you mean about wanting to be able to use formatting as it is in Word to be able to center the poem. I copied it into a document to see the 'centered' effect--I like the train-like rhythm the orginal visual formatting creates. Even without the centering, the poem is great!

Well done! :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is an excellent poem. Engaging. A sweet sweet message.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I appreciate your readership. Be sure to follow me so you can find out when I have new hubs up. Working on a creative writing degree so I'll ave all sorts of experiments on here :-)


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Apparently I signed on just as you published a hub about your "first time. From there I found this, and was glad I did.

Write On!

CP


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

i appreciate that very much. I have distant relatives that live on the east coast so it is possible we are related. My side of the Price family has been here since the Mayflower. How'd you come across my page? I look forward to reading some of your material as well.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

Center-justified or not, this is an excellent read.

I suspect your last name is Price. We may be related somehow. Although I live in Vermont, I did live in the Olympia, WA area a couple of times for a total of more than a year.

I hope your significant other and you are together and the train trips are fewer.

I'll be checking out more of your hubs.

CP

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