Terminus – Marthasville – Atlanta:

City sprouted from ash
growing like kudzu – spreading and climbing

Once defined by trains and freight,
it twists like a 3-D puzzle,
Now defined by banks, computers, and banks of computers

Still, vast tonnages continue to pour through
like sand through the hourglass
by truck, plane, and, yes, still train

There are happy tonnages going home to grandma’s cookies
and brutalized tonnages: gaunt and haunting modern-day slave markets

People move about as if on winds only to halt
ironically pinned by their collective desire to move.

This is Terminus.

About B Gourley

Bernie Gourley is a writer living in Bangalore, India. His poetry collection, Poems of the Introverted Yogi is now available on Amazon. He teaches yoga, with a specialization in pranayama, and holds a RYT500 certification. For most of his adult life, he practiced martial arts, including: Kobudo, Muay Thai, Kalaripayattu, and Taiji. He is a world traveler, having visited more than 40 countries around the globe.
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