Riding Backwards on Trains

after the killings, phosphorus
the orange of war, after
medals and stripes

back from it slamming
towards divorce, lost boys
his back to the future

hand on the clip
like my brother
the one we could never speak of

jailed in a time of war
my brother who had his own war
and lost

what the witness heard—

long pull of the whistle
tracks metronome ratchet
bounded by sunrise


Laura LeHew

About Laura LeHew

Laura LeHew is the author of a full-length book of poems, two chapbooks, numerous articles and with
poems in American Society: What Poet’s See, Eleven Eleven, Ghost Town, Of/With, PANK, and Slice among others. She is on the steering committee for the Lane Literary Guild and is an active volunteer for the Oregon Poetry Association having held a variety of positions. Laura interned for, and is a former board member of CALYX Press. She received her MFA from the California College of Arts. Laura edits her small press Uttered Chaos www.utteredchaos.org, knows nothing of gardens or gardening but is well versed in the cultivation of cats lauralehew.com.
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