North Philadelphia Trainride

Along repetative tracks
where trains take passengers
to daily routines
I sit
and watch.

Landscapes blur by
this mix of industrial and
Wild.
Abandoned factories, abandoned houses
overgrown with
weeds
wild flowersv ivy
small mammals
Trees.

Trees are growing
on factories
built long ago
on filled-in streams
and underground creeks.

Trees are growing
in Logan,
where houses stood
but now sink
into silt.

Trees are growing
in North Philadelphia
where "wild" once refered
to people
but now refers to
land.


Mary Jones 2003

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