The American Nomad



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I hear the train whistle blowing

Steel wheels sing clickety-clack

The music of tanker and box car

A symphony of timber and track

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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

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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

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With a belly full of rock soup

There are adventures to be had

And such is the wandering life

Of the great American nomad

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Comments
17 Responses to “The American Nomad”
  1. That easily brought back the many visuals from those “old-time” Western movies! Well written!

  2. sudrakarma says:

    I love the descriptor “Steaming Steed” and the word, “bindlestiff”; I never heard that one before. This poem makes me think about our collective fascination with hobos and transients, as if we realize, deep down, that they enjoy a freedom we only dare fantasize about.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Sudra! They have a language all to themselves with some great words like “bindlestiff”. I do think we fantasize about the freedom they have and enjoy. I appreciate your kind support!

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    In my mind, I’m a nomad of many different times. There’s so much to love about this. Beautiful! Sending love and hugs dear friend. 💛🤗

  4. Bridgette says:

    This has a great rhythm and made me think about all the times I’ve watched the trains go by and wondered what would happen if I just hopped on one.

  5. I am fascinated by all the nomad lifestyles (I also loved the movie Nomad).

  6. beth says:

    such a fascinating poem about those who travel when and where they please in their own time and own way.

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Like Geoff, I am fascinated by the traveling or nomad lifestyle. I’m too much of a homebody, but I am intrigued by those who make the world their home.

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