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The Trains Must Run on Time Even if the Cars Are Empty

Pictured is Paul Kempner, he has worked 22 years as a conductor for the Metro-North Railroad in New York, Photo by Stephen Wilkes, used with permission

Free Poster (Broadside)with your donation of $5 dollars or more to Feeding America.

For a limited time, a downloadable poster (broadside) version of the poem “The Trains Must Run on Time Even if the Cars Are Empty ” by award-winning poet Howard Debs with photo by famed photographer Stephen Wilkes is available for a donation of five dollars or more to the nonprofit organization Feeding America

Here’s How It Works

Simply go to the Contact page, fill in the form and attach the confirmation from your donation to Feeding America as a screenshot, photo, or PDF along with your email address. Upon verification, a one-time use link for the poster (broadside) will be sent to you.

The theme for the Silver Birch Press series which includes the work involved is Prime Movers, focusing, rightly so, on the people who keep things going in these harrowing times. But infrastructure, institutions, organizations, also have a major role as prime movers in a real sense too. The Metro-North Railroad is one such entity.

Metro-North Railroad route map, used with permission

Why Your Donation Matters, now more than ever

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in the United States. General economic hardship, school closures and overwhelmed food banks have left the most vulnerable increasingly at risk.” (quoted from the Washington Post article “Fighting Food Insecurity” of 09/15/2020)

“Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 18 million children.”

“Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity – but some people, including children and seniors, may be at greater risk of hunger than others.”


doesn’t travel into the city

for now, but he has her

number and they text each other—

for now.

content unless otherwise attributed, copyright Howard Debs, quoted text and photos not otherwise credited, from Feeding America website