The red rusted track runs to Empire Township,
Farmer City and De Witt.
The trains don’t run so often
as they once did in the past.
Things don’t so much as change here
as just run down.
Jimmy Cox went to the Expos, picked in the first round draft.
He batted .133, played second base.
And I’m driving a truck at Flatt & Millers
on Country highway 29.
Keep thinking things’ll sort themselves out
in their own time.
The President was here today, speaking at the college.
He shuffled gingerly in a greasy rain.
His legs swollen with phlebitis,
a black umbrella overhead.
He told the crowd the long, cruel war was
Jenny, she won’t see me no more ’cause I got drunk and hit her
And I can’t say that I blame her, anyways.
Since I came home, I don’t sleep nights, there’s something
eating up inside me.
Like I ain’t never been home
since I came home.