Reading From California Beat Poetry


red line

Page 117 Red Line Blues


Life’s full of trouble and the day has been hell

coming down the stairs three ladies fell

blues were playing the beat was fine

not finding a seat on the late arriving Red Line

the train jerks hard and now were’re off

sick old man hacking his cough

thoughts do ramble must change my ways

new resolutions from the dark train maze

we are riding together down to track

singing the blues and man there’s a stack

blue lights flash and Seventh’s ahead

beggar climbs in asking for bread

Union’s next and we all depart

ending better than the Red Line start


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