Monday, June 10, 2013

Playing the Train

Playing the Train
for Donald Byrd

by Karl Garson

Nights, noise out of time
drove him from the building
and into the subway where tracks
clicked like the good sidemen
he couldn't afford.

He'd work the valves quietly
and ride them to the end of the line.
Dozens of trips and he'd know
the flip side of silence
is recorded alone,

and being there has nothing
to do with where you are.

~ previously published in Barnwood