Speed Changes Everything by Marie-Andree Auclair

Committed to twin railroad tracks
the sleek steel dragon
— dark eyes over a long snout —
slices through myriads
of sunflower heads
who ignore its passage
and bow only to the sun’s call.

It snakes its way
between hills speckled
with slow cattle and farmers
growing a living out of arable land.

Trees close enough to touch
lose name and shape, smudged
into green horizontal blurs.
When my eyes scan backward
the trees regain
their familiar vertical shapes.

In the station, I firmly plant
my feet on the platform
determined to dispel the resonance
of speed trapped in my cells
and placate my hammered ears.

But when the train departs
I feel as though I am the one departing.



Marie-Andree Auclair’s poems have appeared in a variety of print and online publications in such as Structo UK, First Literary Review-East, The Northern Cardinal Review, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review,, The Magnolia Review, filling Station, Contemporary Verse 2, The Tule Review, Gravel, The Maynard, Apeiron, and others. She lives in Canada and is working on another chapbook.