Night Train

The train runs rhythmically through the night

The wheels sound like the hooves of horses

Night spreads out thickly around the train

a breathing animal


Parallel rails

Pull me through the night

I want to know:

How many miles through the night? How long is the night?

I will not sleep

And will measure the length of the night . . .


Eyelids slowly meet

Closed eyes



Morning comes

Overflowing with sunlight

The rails stretch endlessly away in both directions

The train has traveled through the night

I look behind where night fades.


I don’t know

How many markers I have fallen away behind

Or the length of the night.



(Translated by Joseph Duemer)