Abandoned Roads

Occasionally while
Traveling by train
I see abandoned roads;
Grass growing
In cracked crevices,
Trees growing too close
To the pavement,
Debris lying where
It never could be
On a busy road.

An abandoned road is
Where Time has stopped
Or slowed to a crawl.
Ghosts of the past
Lurk on an abandoned road,
But less threateningly so
Than in a ghost town.

Abandoned roads:
Endlessly fascinating,
Always intriguing
As roads that can
Never be taken.