Enfolded by pure darkness
a train slips through the hills,
past the occasional litter of homes
leaking yellow light.
In a kitchen window
the silhouette of an enormous man who thinks,
gazing at the train,
he could love anyone on board.
—From There Will Be Silence While You Wait
Mark Jackley is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Cracks and Slats (Amsterdam Press). His first full-length collection, There Will Be Silence While You Wait, is available from Plain View Press. He lives in Sterling, VA.