Ann Arbor Review

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Geoffrey Philip
Joseph McNair
Chris Lord
Coleman Barks
Dave Etter
Elisavietta Ritchie
Sam Cornish
Duane Locke
Karyn Wolven
Marisella Veiga
Michael D. Long
Running Cub
Joanie Freeman
Alan Britt
Shutta Crum
Steve Beaulieu
Gerald Clark
Mary E. Finlan
Fred Wolven

 

MOLLY OF THE RAILS

Barbara Stanwyck in Union Pacific

Molly moved like the plains
Indian

the mailcar's her home
on wheels

cutting through the wilderness
Molly lass with the Irish tongue

talkin' about the land and children
putting down her feet

in a place all her own
Molly with the dinner bucket

(like Mother) bucket
the ash and sand of the rails

and plains in her hair
black Irish Molly sun burned and dark

like the men laying
the track

has slept in tents
toiling her way

across the West
like a man

she rides these cars
like a horse she is Molly

of the Union Pacific
Molly of the rails

Molly the conductor's
daughter Molly with the mail


Sam Cornish, Brighton, Massachusetts

 


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