everyone gets a ticket for the train

it is only when your ticket gets punched

that you pay attention

me, I plan to stand on the observation platform

and watch while the world rolls past

then wander through the cars

stopping to talk now and then with my fellow travelers

perhaps spend some quiet hours

high up in the observation car

and eventually go all the way forward

to meet the engineer

who, it turns out

is me.

now, that’s a train ride

4/18 LV
Copyright Michael Douglas Scott