There’s a dark, deep powerful thread
Running around us now, these
Fifty wild, unloaded ghost-white mustangs,
Manes streaming like tense autumn lightnings
As they stretch their necks and head-down charge
Up the scree-walled slopes to the place
Where the beautiful god-of-all-storms
Presses spells into the lavender-bruise sky
With an axe and a battle-hearted melody.
And I’m full of electric jolts and sparkle,
Riding a box-car built of grey-knot timber and phantom iron,
Sharing the line with a rock-heavy locomotive
That follows a hole drilled in the solid wall of blackness
By the Cyclops-eyed lantern strung from the cow-catcher sweep.
With a heavy, chain muscled hand the fire-box silhouetted driver
Pulls the cord that will set the moon’s-hell bells ringing:
Darkness is coming and I couldn’t be closer to ecstasy.