Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jumping Trains.

Jumping Trains.

Where you headed? Jackson and then wherever the day takes you. I like that. Jackson is ten stops down this line and three more stops down the other. You ready to start jumping trains? Yeah that’s what I call it. Ever do anything like this before? Well you’re in for a treat. The fine travel arrangements of a world class vagabond. Careful, here she comes. See that, they don’t slow down as much as you think they would. The rail cars keep rolling pretty fast through the crossings. Only have to slow to stop if the switch is turned. That’s when the conductor signals. But all those things aren’t important. The important thing to remember is the jumping. Why? Well if you don’t make it then you might find yourself being dragged alongside one of these graffiti art boxes. If you ask me that’s far worse a fate than ending up under one. Of course I know a lot about this. How? Grew up along these tracks, over by Ketone. It’s pretty small, so don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. Me and my cousin Jimmy used to spend our summer jumping trains. Running across the tops of the cars at night as they rolled through quiet towns and spending the days sleeping in the cars and playing cards with the lifetime vagabonds. Men of the rails. Swore I do it someday and here I am. Carefree and carrying on. No. Not forever. This is now, and I’m a man of now. The future is close at hand, and remains to be seen. Home? Wouldn’t be human if I didn’t want that. It’s not far off and I say you’re as settled as you want to be anywhere. Time to go. Catch up now. Grab on. Enjoy the ride.

300. Jumping Trains. This is from May. Some things and people continue to remind me, and so many others, that there are beautiful things in this world worth fighting for and continuing to believe in. Even if they aren’t right in front of you and you don’t know where they will come from next. Have faith. Keep participating. Anyhow, the m.a. pieces aren’t what I’m excited for. Although I did come across the notebook and begin typing them up again. There is new… Enjoy. m.

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