Mile Marker 322
by Michelle Stoner
Start with the flowers: hostas, lilac,
firework of the bright hydrangea.
Move to the lichen, greenblue
on stone, ancient, and wonder
what will remain of now, be lost.
Which piece will you miss most
when it is gone, emptied like coal
cars, rusted, running under this bridge,
grey area, mechanism, a link.
Metaphors are like passenger trains,
Be on the lookout for the next stanza to be revealed!