dark tracks

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i walk barefoot on dark tracks

the cold steel is warmed by the hot summer sun

my feet and toes learn the dance

the tracks carry history

of times when men poured sweat

to nail ties across miles of native land

the tracks travel into yesterday

each stop is a moment when men

and women thought the engine

would pull on forever

forever into yesterday’s house

© zaji, 2016

One comment

  1. When I was a little girl in grade school we used to sing about John Henry. Not like Paul Robeson or Harry Belafonte but close enough! Paul Robeson’s brother was my Dad’s Pastor at Mother Zion AME church in Harlem during the 1930s. Your post brought back a lot of school memories and memories of stories my Dad used to tell me while I was growing up.

    Paul Robeson – John Henry (lyrics in description)
    https://youtu.be/em8QtaDOZt0

    John Henry Song (Harry Belafonte)
    https://youtu.be/ydTRk1l0ZqI

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