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I Met God on a Train Last Week

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Bumbling along
As the night sky rose like fire
And the iron angels
Stuck staccato like twigs on the ground
Propped up, reaching out to the masses

And I was on the train
With a man I’d never met
And his brother, wailing to the side

My heart was a rock
Falling through my chest
And they spoke to me
With malt liquor
Singing from their tongues

We spoke
Of God
Of writing
Of Love
And of loss

And he spoke of Hope
And he told me
To hold on
As bittersweet pills
Dissolve in the pit of my gut

He told me
To hold on

These were not the words
I was ready to hear
From slurred strangers on the train

But to speak of God
With a man
Who preached from a pulpit
Of worn plastic CTA seats
Is the closest
I have ever been
To a revelation
Amongst rocks
Amongst sand
Amongst water
Amongst twigs
And iron angels 

Elizabeth Bajjalieh lives in Palatine, Ill.

Posted in: Drugs, Poetry


4 thoughts on “I Met God on a Train Last Week

  1. EG Ted Davis says:

    City & State
    Boise, ID
    Very well done.

  2. Deb says:

    City & State
    Philadelphia, Pa
    That rang true. Nice!

  3. Karen says:

    City & State
    Lummi Island, WA
    Oooh ya — this resonates!

  4. Wendy says:

    City & State
    Columbia Heights, Mn
    I love this poem–the rhythm of the train and those unexpected encounters with the Divine when we pay attention.

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