Suicide at the station

by Russ Kubiak

One sudden step forward, he kneels like a penitent,

Or a king putting his head nobly on the block;

The blade slides swiftly, the train passes,

The platform gasps to see the body roll once, slowly,

As the wheels slide by, brakes screaming in strange harmony

With a woman who sags to the station bench.

And we stiffen to ponder the nightmare why.

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~ by jwoodall on November 22, 2009.

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