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#217672 - 04/12/08 09:42 PM The 3:15
AndyJB2005 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/06
Posts: 1242
Loc: Saint Paul, Minnesota
The 3:15

Not from the wrong side of,

but right on the tracks,

from the storybook land

of the Boxcar Children,

buttercups, milkweed leaning,

down long slopes of grass

from our yard to rails and ties.


Not poor, never poor, not wanting

for meat or fruit, for light or heat,

but burning the way

we Americans burn, climbing

each slippery rung of the beanstalk

up to a well-feathered nest, a golden egg.


I grew up thinking goddamn

was a color, a brand

we'd been sucker-sold and stuck with,

grew up believing

that all our appliances bled.


The neighbors had Buicks or Fords

and my grandpa had a Goddamn Car,

the goddamn lawn to mow,

the bloody washing machine on the blink,

the goddamn woodpeckers up on the roof

on Saturday morning, pecking away

on the TV antenna

that one goddamn time

he wasn't ripped out of bed

at the crack of dawn.


When she just couldn't stand it herself,

my grandma said "G.D." -- "Get back in the G.D. house

and drink your milk!" And I said "dod damn,"

as in "Dimmee a dod damn cookie, please," or

"Here come that dod damn train again,"

as the rusty boxcars

blasted on by, rattling the spoons

inside of our drawers,

making the peeling panes hum.


And later, when it roared back

in the belly of night, that train

rocked us all awake to kick off

warm blackest or tuck them

more tightly around each other,

then rocked us back to dreamland

with clack-chukka rhythms,

the bums in red boxcars asleep

in its clattering song:


3:15 A.M. and all is well

on the dead end of Orchard Street, all's well

in the USA, in the goddamn world.


By: Andy J.B.

_________________________
Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words. -- Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

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#217746 - 04/13/08 06:50 AM Re: The 3:15 [Re: AndyJB2005]
roadrunner Offline
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Loc: Carlisle, PA
Andy,

Wow, man. That's really good! I just love the idea of goddamn as a color. \:\)

Much love,
Larry

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#217789 - 04/13/08 10:18 AM Re: The 3:15 [Re: roadrunner]
AndyJB2005 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/06
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Loc: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Thanks! \:\) I love my grandpa, but he sure said Goddamn a lot when I was a kid. LOL

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Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words. -- Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

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#217790 - 04/13/08 10:21 AM Re: The 3:15 [Re: AndyJB2005]
Still Offline
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Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 6403
Loc: 2.5 NATO Nations
Well done Andy! Really well done! I love it!

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#217995 - 04/14/08 07:41 AM Re: The 3:15 [Re: Still]
kniob Offline
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Registered: 03/04/06
Posts: 47
Loc: NC, USA
goddamn good poem \:\) reminds me of the stories my grandpa use to tell me

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