as we roll over the county divide
it goes dark as the middle of the ocean
in the middle of the night
there's no moon
only distant strings of orange light left and right
looking straight ahead
this empty grassland
The train from Kaohsiung to Pingtung passes over the Gaoping Bridge, which rises high above a dry riverbed, where thick grasses grow. When it floods this area becomes a broad basin. At night this is an oasis of darkness between the two counties, which are lit up everywhere. When the train goes creaking across that bridge, you notice a change in the atmosphere.