Mid-western wheat hissed

Through stainless steel funnels

Flowing from concrete silos

Crashes heavily against

Thick plank floors

And rough-hewn walls

Billions of firecrackers

Exploding in clouds of dust

Dry warm bread scented

Parched waves of grain

Flow to the dark corners

Of dusty cars with names

Like Norfolk Southern

And Wabash and

Erie-Lackawanna all

Painted in block letters

White over faded red

Paint applied years ago

Longshoremen Hanley Connors

Cleary Lynch Fitzgerald and others

Invisibly loading railcars

Stretching back to Kansas

Wheat held in reserve until

Remote famine somewhere

Enables a positive return on investment.