One of the first poems that awakened my awareness of poetry and relationship with it as a reader and writer is Jeffrey Bean's “Kid, these are train tracks,”. The poem instantly struck me as special because as Suzanne Rhodenbaugh articulated in her essay “One Heart’s Canon”, it “in some way intersect[ed] with the life story I’m making”. Bean’s narrative resonated with a memory of mine that was not identical in the specific senses described in the poem, however sharing of the same reverence and love of an ordinary moment in an ordinary space, experienced through the senses. His poem brought me back to a simple and shared night with a close friend along the Oregon Hill Overlook, in which nothing remarkable happened but everything remarkable happened. In this regard, I agree with Rhodenbaugh that “[p]oetry adds a dimension of spirituality to our otherwise mostly secular lives”. As Bean’s poem pulled me back to a delicate memory of time shared with a friend, the poem confirmed to me that inspiring that retrospection was exactly its job, as poetry is meant to “posit community with other human beings; and say to people: someone is recording all this”. The sense that Bean’s poem was a recording of my own experience, however in slightly varied language as a result of the speaker’s own unique experience, brought me immense comfort. The poem’s effect on me ultimately inspired me to write the imitation above, “Kid, this is Oregon Hill.”, describing my own night that Bean’s poem brought back to my senses — reliving it all over again. Like Rhodenbaugh, I have perceived that I am drawn to poems I can connect with “by virtue of shared experience” and “poems that take life seriously”. I feel as if the speaker of “Kid, these are train tracks,” and I both share the same level of sincerity and romanticism towards life’s ordinary, and that in itself was the shared experience. So kindly do yourself a favor and take a look at Jeffrey Bean's "Kid, these are train tracks,", as well as other poems in his "Kid" series. And to Jeffrey Bean: thank you for allowing me to share in your humanity.