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Last Monday two people were struck and killed by a train here in town as they walked down the tracks. According to surveillance video, neither attempted to move out of the way despite the train’s repeated warning signals.

Those two have been on my mind all week, so I decided to write about them. This is what I came up with.

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Locomotives rush by. I wonder why
your lives ended that day. 
Was there something someone could say?
Was it better this way?

It’s not like you were our brightest or best.
You’d racked up arrests.
You put folks out
and they were sick of you, without a doubt.

Still, once upon a time,
onesies filled a clothes line.
And surely someone held you dear. 
So how’d we end up here,
you two on a railroad track, dead, 
but living on in my head
because I can’t shake free
the thought that could have been me? 

Most folks in town 
go ahead on, unaffected,
but I sit alone 
and grieve for you as the trains moan.


11 thoughts on “Grieving

  1. What a cruel world…

    Posted by Clowie | April 2, 2021, 4:25 AM
  2. The loss of any people can be quite palpable. After the Boulder mass shooting, I too have grieved the senseless loss of the victims for themselves, their families and friends and my own humanity.

    Posted by Tails Around the Ranch | April 2, 2021, 8:38 AM
  3. That is heart wrenching. I can’t fathom the despair those two people — who were born into this world as innocents — must have felt to choose that end. Thank you for feeling, and thank you for caring, Jen.

    Posted by meowmeowmans | April 2, 2021, 1:23 PM
  4. This is very sad it has touched me deeply. Your words made me cry. Beautiful done 💜

    Posted by willowdot21 | April 2, 2021, 5:54 PM
  5. Your a poet. Wouldn’t you know it. So, on purpose then? Rough day? Cheers,H

    Posted by helentastic67 | April 3, 2021, 7:59 AM

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