Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017—Murfin Verse

The Great Crash at Crush, Texas, September 15, 1896.

Note:  Today agony and mourning.  Tomorrow Resistance!

January 20, 2017
The locomotives are aligned on a single track,
            throttles lashed wide open,
            the engineers jump as they pick up speed
            belching black smoke and urgency.

The time has come, nothing can stop it now.

There is nothing to do but stare slack jawed
            or turn your head and cringe.

If in your enthusiasm for the spectacle
            and to get your money’s worth
            for the excursion ticket,
            you crowd too eagerly close,
            you are riddled with cast iron shrapnel
            and scalding steam.

It’s exactly like that.

—Patrick Murfin

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