There is a stretch of Rt. 25
in a crumbling stretch of Arden,
mostly a bedroom town
Well, it has a sex shop and a pool hall
and a broken down building with one wall
covered in graffiti
and a distorted pic of Abe Lincoln
And then there is a rail yard
with freight cars parked
freight carsn from all over the country
God knows where each one came from
also covered with graffiti
Who knows where Arden is headed?
Who knows were the country is headed?
Who knows where the world is headed?
There is such a divide right now in the USA
reminding me of Dallas, November 22, 1963
Are we repeating history?
Are we repeating history with officers gunned down
and African-Americans gunned down and teens lost
with their graffiti scrawled on freight cars
freight cars scattered near and far
all over the country, empty freight cars
covered in messages
messages of desperation, and I wish
they were calling for reconciliation
but they are not
they are lifting up power and control
just what the white racists are lifting up
both messages of desperation
and mutual misunderstanding…