To the Woman Who Died on the Train Tracks
On Sunday night, October 6,
you curl up like a new baby
in a cradle made of train tracks
in Waukesha Wisconsin.
You let a train carry away your life.
You are sixty years old.
The newspaper says you died instantly.
You didn’t. You’ve been dying for a while.
Five days later, on Friday, October 11,
police report they still haven’t found anyone
No phone calls. No doorbells. No telegrams.
I’m so sorry, but <fill in the blank> has died.
<fill in the blank> killed herself.
<fill in the blank> is gone.
Nobody knows you,
but many strangers wonder who you are.
Your silence and the silence around you
<fill in the blank>
You’ve been dying for a while.
Nobody knows you.
Such loud silence.
Such silent screams.
© 2021 Kathie Giorgio
Kathie Giorgio is the author of five novels, two story collections, a collection of essays, and two poetry chapbooks. No Matter Which Way You Look, There Is More To See is her first full-length poetry collection. She's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction and poetry and awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library.