going home by train

I returned from a conference in Chicago, hoping to see Lake Michigan as we skirted the southern shoreline. I didn’t, but twittered the experience in a series of haiku.

Passing trains and trees
The Great Lake beckons me but
Hides behind the dunes.

I seek a glimpse of glory;
The deeper hues lie beyond
Smoking stacks of steel.

Then a glint of blue,
And vision fails to grasp a
Wider frame of joy.

Marinas, harbors:
Mere shadows of vaster views.
Trains make sorry boats.

Though the shallow hills
Beneath somber, sodden skies
My vision fades. I sleep.

The dream fades. Remains.
Deeper harbor for the heart:
Going home by train.

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