wheel on wheel, steel on steel

on the 17th of July 967 John Coltrane died and waking up to a lazy Sunday this morning, listening to Violets for Your Furs, I wonder if his last thought was a hum…

this poem runs through my head often, and my tongue enjoys the assonance…so listen, listen to the Coltrane roll…

In Memoriam John Coltrane

  Listen to the coal

rolling, rolling through the cold

       steady rain, wheel on

  wheel, listen to the

turning of the wheels this night

      black as coal dust, steel

 on steel, listen to

these cars carry coal, listen

     to the coal train roll.

                    -Michael Stillman (1972)

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