Monday, April 5, 2010

Locomotive Breath


An old raccoon, tired and thin,
stops on the tracks;
no train should mourn alone.

(first publication)


Updates:
“Locomotive Breath” added to Poems, Slightly Used.

In the Forum: Barbie Yawp, with Ken dead in her trunk.

11 comments:

Wine and Words said...

Oh, William. How melancholy. I LOVE it. Short enough to memorize :) And all day I will wonder of the fate of that raccoon. Noble to sit in the mourning there...but it will be the raccoon I mourn next, but the train will not attend. Long gone.

William Michaelian said...

Indeed, I feel sorry for them both. Let’s remember them as they were when they were young....

~im just only me~ said...

No!!! wait!! don't jump!! I mean do jump!!! I mean!!! arrhhh!!!...

William Michaelian said...

Drat! Derailed again.

~im just only me~ said...

Don't you think you meant Splat! ? ;)

Alberto Oliver said...

so melancholic, but isn´t sometimes necessary to leave the life, the soul, the heart to feel that way, a little bit of sorrow, of bitterness, it is always necessary to have the black in order for the white to exist,a life with contrast, but it is a shame as well, when the black is the only one who rules and never allow the white to come back. .

William Michaelian said...

So true, Alberto. And sometimes the light and dark come and go like seasons.

Cassie: or, in the words of Major Hoople, “Fap!”

~im just only me~ said...

Major Hoople... I had to google that one, but I have now been sufficiently indoctrinated and I shall henceforth say "awp" as often as possible. I liked this quote about the inspiration for the strip: "The General was one of those men who always put up a $10 front with a dime in their pockets...". I've known a few men like that -- in old men endearing, in young men, frustrating.

William Michaelian said...

Egad! I knew I was dating myself — which isn’t easy to do with only a dime in my pocket. I mean, where can I take myself for a measly ten cents? Oh, if gum balls and sidewalk scales were still only a penny — then we’d both have fun. As it is, every time I call, I refuse to answer the phone.

Joseph Hutchison said...

Evidently he misplaced his tracking device.

William Michaelian said...

Kaff! Evidently.