Human Nature

Human Nature

Steel rails waiting wheels,
Wheels with curving rims,
Glide the ground without a sound
Into the dawning dim.

Around the hill—a necklace there—
Glide the rails through misty air,
Waiting trains that roll along
Strong with goods and drumming song.

Rounds the sun with leaning ray,
Silv’ring fingers rails play;
Lone bird sings in lit green tree,
And a far blast echoes, sure and free,

And out of the low last shade of night
The freight train surges, gains the height.
Grasping the rails, riding the gleam,
Over the mountains, out of a dream.

Here, in union of mind and earth,
Starts the day in a rite of worth—
Jewels of steel and songs of fire,
Swelling hills of filled desire.

Then down, and round, down—it’s passed!
Just open space where it sang so fast!
While up above, in the blue wide sky,
A steel steed is flashing by.

Mountains, sun, steel and space,
Are re-aligned by reason’s grace.
Once, the earth had held man back,
Now she’s chained with stainless track.

Lo, she smiles and shines more proud,
Rings and sings more deep and loud;
All the triumphs man has known
Takes and presses, calls her own.

I, who love to witness this,
Bless the sight with mental kiss;
Bless the sight and praise the song,
Whistling as I walk along.

Steel rails waiting wheels,
Wheels with curving rims,
Glide the ground without a sound
Where Human, Nature, wins.

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