Hear the Ghost Train Whistle
All night I travel, in a dream…
asleep since midnight - plus sixteen.
A ghost train’s whistle, softly drawn
through orange-black at cusp of dawn.
The phantom locomotive chugs
with each and every stroke,
then crests the hill, going faster still,
churning out black ash and smoke.
From this smoke cloud falls a raindrop
though some might disagree,
say it’s called a devil’s teardrop,
but knowing which is key.
The truth is somehow mottled
and can scarcely be explained,
there’s no hand upon the throttle
nor conductor on the train.
Passing by a murky cornfield
where it seems we’ve been deceived,
witnessed by a tattered scarecrow
who will never be believed.
The fog hangs inauspicious,
while the dark clouds tell a tale,
of the shadow’s superstitious
witch’s moon on endless rail…
Copyright © Cole Banner | Year Posted 2019