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writing a love poem without writing a love poem by Rachel Tanner

there used to be a train

i'd hear in the middle of the night

when i was young. it never

woke me up because i was

always already awake.

i'd close my eyes and picture

where the train was going. where the train

had already been. i took comfort

in knowing i was part of its journey

and i let that peace

hold onto me til morning.


Rachel Tanner is a queer, disabled writer from Alabama whose work has recently appeared in Tenderness Lit, Wine Cellar Press, and elsewhere. She has a monthly videogame writing column in Videodame and she tweets @rickit.

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