Return Ticket

Little toy trains
little toy tracks
are what remains
of childhood acts
The toys from then
pulled out again
bring thoughts forgot

© Stephen W. Buchanan 2023

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I know, late for Christmas, but I forgot this was a Christmas song when the “Little toy trains, little toy tracks” line got stuck in my head. It brought back memories, so that is where it took me for the poem. The song “Old Toy Trains” was by Roger Miller, but once I looked it up I better remember the Glen Campbell cover version my parents played when I was young. (I even remember this album cover. 😁)

Russian Jihad

Death shan’t be feared
during this fight
for sins are cleared
and souls blanched white
Heaven awaits
with open gates
Putin’s plug-ins

© Stephen W. Buchanan 2023

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At least so says Russian Orthodox patriarch Kirill. I missed this in September and only learned of it while reading about Putin’s “our real Christmas not your fake Christmas” cease-fire request.

Another Turn

From longest night
to newborn day
when fear takes flight
and hope holds sway
Because of one
trip round the sun
we queue anew

© Stephen W. Buchanan 2023

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