built from blasts of glass-flame
and enveloping engine-rumbles
guiding our goods.
Stalking steel rails,
peeping forward – peeping back,
We are set to trail the freight
as it tutors sand to glass.
Here is the history we track.
R. M. Francis is a poet from the Black Country, researching his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton. His chapbook, Transitions, was published by The Black Light Engine Room in 2015. Two further pamphlets, Orpheus (Lapwing Publications) and Transform (A Swift Exit Press) are due out soon. Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RMFrancisPoet.