I gazed at the moon or “Now”


I gazed at the moon (as you do)
Until I realised it was the railway clock
Glaring at me with tomorrow on its smug face
And yesterday
And all the pasts and futures
I just wanted a second of now

I waited until the train left the station
Pushing the night before it
Leaving nothing but night
Coughing he left his sodden lair
To limp for a piss and stare at the puddle
An eternity of now

There was no one there
Once cattle trains left heading east
Their bowels alive with human excrement
Nothing but now and now and now

I stepped on the last train home
Beyond the steaming towers a sleep
Of rusty hope accompanied me
Slumbering in now