Present Absence

© Matthew Word Bain

from the level crossing looking north
to the Iron Cross, where the C&O line
crossed the N&W, until they became
CSX and NorfolkSouthern, shuffled
like the rest in the tumultuous
history of railroad reorganization

with the old lines, themselves already
amalgamations of smaller lines before,
went station after station, two of which,
had they survived, could be seen here