The Innocent Express

and the passenger
inside the train set of my youth

I tunneled through the mountainous
around sharp corners

from fervent urgency
on tracks connecting perfectly

to loop through circles
figure eights
across a simpler world to scale

chugging upward
trailing steam
with all the lightness of a dream

no tickets punched
no luggage clutched
no destination requisite

arriving nowhere
but the joy
of journeying by mind and toy.

The Innocent Express © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: November 19, 2020