MBTA; a Haibun

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) got me where I needed to go for most of my transportation needs in the city and beyond. I worked on Massachusetts Avenue and our building was right over South Station (if I remember the station correctly) so I just had to walk downstairs to catch a train back home to Dorchester’s Shawmut Station where I walked the few short blocks home  to Kenwood Street.  Sometimes though I would ride the red line on down (or was it up) to Harvard Square and meet up with my husband who worked there and we would grab dinner and maybe a movie before heading home.

Riding the trains was a very new and convenient experience for me when we moved to the Boston area; back home in Florida you relied heavily on cars to get anywhere. The trains seemed to really barrel along at times and the squealing of the brakes was loud…this was back in the 70s.  Maybe the trains are quieter these days.  It wasn’t unusual for us to have to stop and wait on the tracks and for the lights to go out too.  At times we were packed like sardines, standing room only, and other times you practically had a car to yourself.  I saw some interesting characters down on those train platforms.  The most infamous was when a group of us were approached by an impaired man wielding a knife and bragging that he had killed someone with it.  Somehow we managed to move away from him unscathed.  At some of the stations you could find quite high quality talent of people trying to make a buck.  That was another thing I loved about the area, the street performers, up and down Mass Avenue and throughout the city.

underground the dragon roars
speeding her cargo onward
summer moon shines high

Bjorn prompts us on trains for Poetics at dVerse Poets.

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  1. good post


  2. Vivid snapshot of the realities of commuter train travel.


  3. LOVE this:
    “underground the dragon roars”

    What a perfect train visual.

    My brother and I rode all around Boston one night on the trains. He was going to school nearby. It was quite an adventure! 😉

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  4. I love the sense of a dragon roaring… riding on it’s back somehow.


  5. I love this 😀 especially the sense of a dragon and its roar as Bjorn points out.


  6. I know so many characters, including those musicians which I see and hear everyday ~

    Love that dragon of the train as the summer moon shines high ~

    Enjoyed the haibun Gayle ~


  7. I rode the Metro for 3 months in Paris when I studied at Alliance Francaise and I’d have to say people-watching was so fascinating. The haiku met my expectations of your ability with the form.


  8. Love comparing a train to a dragon.



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