The American Nomad


I hear the train whistle blowing

Steel wheels sing clickety-clack

The music of tanker and box car

A symphony of timber and track


It calls for me to travel on

Of the miles ahead there be many

I gather up my bindlestiff

Throw on my cap and Benny


She pulls a herd of Blackjacks but

An empty freight car is all I need

The travelling home for a hobo

Pulled hard by the steaming steed


With a belly full of rock soup

There are adventures to be had

And such is the wandering life

Of the great American nomad


22 Responses to “The American Nomad”
  1. beth says:

    i love this poem and always enjoy stories of this very special group of people. i’m sure i’m romanticizing it a bit in my mind, but something about their unfettered freedom

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I really enjoyed the flow and the lightheartedness of this one! You truly are a master of poetry, my friend!

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A great rhyming poem with a story of long lost hobos and rambling men…loved it my friend!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m not even a country music fan, but my mind immediately went to Johnny Cash.
    I hear the train a comin’, it’s rolling round the bend
    And I ain’t see the sunshine since I don’t know when…

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I too thought of the song by Johnny Cash. I remember when I was young reading occasionally in the newspaper about someone who was run over by the train trying to catch a car or someone that got their leg cut off because they made the jump when they were indulging. I wonder what that life was like. I love the way you describe it in your poem, I can just see them getting ready to jump. Hope the weather is nice for you, we have had hot weather here. Sending love and hugs to you Brad, love Joni xoxoxo

  6. Harley Reborn says:

    This one has great rhythm

  7. This is unique, I haven’t seen much poetry on WordPress.

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