Shaindel Beers
Shaindel Beers
[photo: Evan Moodie Photography]

Last Train from the City

They must have been stoned to move
so slowly
that molecules of still objects
buzzed around them,
the grey aluminum wall of the train
behind their kiss.

His upper lip stretched
before her lips released it,
their bodies swayed
as the train jolted,
and her lower lip retracted
from between his.

The kiss continued
for miles
beginning under city lights,
then further and further
through suburbs then fields

until a haggard woman,
child on knee
baby in stroller
barked, “Hey!
There are kids here!”

ruining it
for the rest of us
and bitter
because we’d never been kissed
like that.

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“Last Train from the City” is (c) 2009 by Shaindel Beers, used by permission of the author
and comes from her highly recommended collection
A Brief History of Time – by Salt Publishing

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Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.  She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in eastern Oregon’s high desert and serves as Poetry editor of
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