|artwork by Audrey K.|
This poem, written by one of Miss Levin's students, captures the craving for connection that we all have. Instead of writing about a character, however, she personifies a train.
The Lonely Train
The lonely train never rests
forever confined to the unforgiving steel track
traveling m i l e after m i l e
temporary destinations merely a veneer
for the brutal reality of the endless journey
The lonely train has no companion
passengers board from different walks of life --
no face, no story, no demeanor ever the same
but all similar in the way they seem
to depart without a second glance.
The lonely train grows weary
vibrant sceneries blur with the haste of the trek
as it rambles through the days . . . weeks . . . months . . . years . . .
while the once-powerful engine becomes
weak and wheels rusted
The lonely train cries
its melancholy whistle piercing the stillness of night
echoing through hills and valleys
telling the tale of a journey long traveled
pleading for a connection
by Jamie B.