Linearities in the Night

 
   -- Traveling on a train
   -- Through the night
   -- Through the nowhere of Nevada
   -- Human settlements look like
   -- Mere patches of light,
   -- Scintillating strings on the horizon
   -- Or glows in the sky beyond the horizon.
 
   -- The staccato throb of the wheels
   -- Makes time seem abated or elongated.
 
   -- The headlights of the cars
   -- On the parallel highway are
   -- Luminous lines
   -- Moving smoothly into the night
   -- With the tail lights disappearing
   -- On a linear trajectory.
 
   -- The long-haul trucks are
   --Rectangular arrays of lights
   -- Also moving smoothly
   -- In and out of view
   -- All along parallel lines.
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