Tracks and the River

Anita Skeen

Anita Skeen

Tracks and the River was selected for MSUL’s themed call for work about Water, in coordination with the MSU Broad Art Museum’s fall 2023 exhibition, Flint is Family in Three Acts, featuring the photography of Latoya Ruby Frazier.

I grew up
with them,
the tracks
and the river,
coal trains
tugs shoving
bodies of
black rocks.
Deep whistle
in the night,
tangible as fog.
Near the end,
my mother
named a train
the saddest
sound she knew.
Bike bumps
across the ties.  
Hot summer
day.  Dive from
the bent-over oak.  
Cold dark
water.  Swim
to the light,
seam in the day.
I'm stitched
with tracks
and the river:
bone and blood,
story and song.

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