Union Station. . .By LAUREL ANN BOGEN

<i> From "The Burning" (Red Wind Books, c/o Ron Koertge, English Department, Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91106). </i> (copyright) <i> 1991 Laurel Ann Bogen. Reprinted with permission. </i>

I needed a timetable

for my heart

it always arrived

too early


departed too late

wandered lost on the platforms

I needed you

to steamroller the creases


I folded too many times

I was hurry and drag

beat slow

synch steps

I came in pieces

like misplaced baggage

cartons tied with baling wire

you held tight


against the spillage

and random punches

Oh, I loved you like speed

like fast exits

and jackrabbit starts

you held all the tickets

you opened the gates

It was 2 minutes to boarding


and we pulled out all the stops.