Be still, here are the railroad tracks
stretching, two parallel lines,
almost to eternity, rusty and thick
with the print of those who threw themselves on them.
But beyond this is a field with butterflies,
monarch, sapphire, black velvet,
and they twist themselves through flowers,
and below that the grass is like
an expanse of what you see when
you see the edge of everything for the first time.
Linda Benninghoff first became interested in poetry in her twenties when she was introduced to contemporary poetry, Galway Kinnell, W. S. Merwin, and so on. She was recently introduced to international contemporary poetry and says poetry has made a big difference in her life.