Railroad Dream

When the arc over the railroad station
becomes lace in veined stone,
and the hum of the engine
is a voice you could dance with,
take the track you would have taken
if she hadn’t been inside the station.

This is the moment you will most love her,
when the coat she carried meant nothing to you,
when there was still time to turn from that smell of chiffon
to another silhouette in brown or black
with a smile you couldn’t place
whistling silent on the platform
behind your back.



Steven Dieffenbacher

About Steven Dieffenbacher

Steve Dieffenbacher has lived in Oregon’s Rogue Valley since 1989. His full-length book of poems, The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow, was published by Wordcraft of Oregon in 2012. Ranging from Oregon to the Southwest to Latin America, the poems, written over a span of 20 years, are a journey of connections made, lost and rediscovered during a lifetime, with each place lived in or visited becoming a focus for them. His work is also is included in the 2012 anthology, What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems, by Fae Press, and his poem, “Emptiness,” won the 2010 poetry prize sponsored by Cloudbank magazine of Corvallis, Oregon. His poems are in Deer Drink the Moon (2007), an anthology of Oregon poetry published by Ooligan Press at Portland State University; in the chapbooks Universe of the Unsaid (2009) and At the Boundary (2001); in the anthology Intricate Homeland: Collected Writings from the Klamath Siskiyou (2000); and in A Path Through Stone, a 1995 cycle of poems that includes work by Bruce Barton, Jonah Bornstein and John Reid. He also has been published in numerous regional journals. He is an editor at the Mail Tribune in Medford, where he writes a monthly column focusing on nature and hiking for the newspaper's Sunday travel section. He has won various awards for writing, photography, and page design in his more than 35 years as a journalist.
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