From Last Train Home

The following poems, including one rengay written with Jacquie Pearce, appeared in Jacquie’s train haiku anthology, Last Train Home (Vancouver, British Columbia: Pondhawk Press, 2021; available on Amazon). All poems were previously published, as indicated at the end, together with notes saying when and where each poem was written (several of them in Japan, where I’ve had more frequent and more recent experience with trains). See a review of this book by Joanne Morcom.

commuter train—

          that girl again

reading another romance

                 futons over the railing—

                 the clacking of the train

                 splitting winter air

Another Country +

autumn night

the train whistle

enters my dream Jacquie

        first frost

        sparkling the tracks Michael

ticket for one

a few yellow leaves

left on the platform Jacquie

bare branches—

a child’s wave

from the dining car Michael

        a gust of wind

        through the railroad crossing Jacquie

graffiti on a freight train

from another country . . .

harvest moon Michael

        ~     ~     ~

distant train . . .

in the morning mist

the loon stops paddling

                Mt. Fuji’s shadow—

                a dusting of snow

                on the bullet-train tracks

warm December sun—

the commuter train’s empty hand rings

sway around the corner

                distant train sound—

                ink from the lost cat poster

                runs in the rain

waiting waiting the train with no caboose

Publication Credits and Notes

And here’s one more of my train poems, first published in Geppo XLI:2, February–April 2016, page 1 (I have more):

train depot—

a wet leaf clings

to the stroller wheel