going somewhere unknown to us,
known to the conductor, the tracks extend in a straight line
to a final destiny,
red lights flashing, cars stopped, the drivers
pull out their cell phones to check their latest FB posts
to see how many "likes" they got,
how many friends they have,
whether their life is worth living.
the barriers lift, the phones are set down
and the cars move slowly across the tracks
still warm from the friction of wheel on rail.
some move forward with confidence,
others with loneliness and fear.