Stewart Acuff

Dec 19


Leaving New York City the train

Follows the Hudson into the Adirondacks

Majestic in the cold December air

Rising above the river mountain stacks

Into the sky, they drain

Their water, snow, moisture back to river

Now its little cities – Albany, Schenectady

Engine problem, mechanic comes in a hurry

Conductors talk to us like men talk

About worn, overused equipment, walk

In circles telling stories, smoking cigarettes

Patient with passengers and questions dumb

Mountains rising above the Hudson become

Small bundled up cities, now rolling again

Headed to the next stop, next place

Always moving, rolling, flying, going

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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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