Wednesday, February 16, 2011

anecdote # 166 - train man (double-length) (1972)

dad rushed to the hospital to mom
in the freezing rain. the wigwag failed.

he hit that freight train
— nothing the conductor could have done to stop.

he saw(?) dad spin off into the lake,
old Chev floating till it sunk?

no derailment, no deaths.
he doggie-paddled clear of the wreck.

swore never to wear an accursed seatbelt.
almost lost him before I knew him.

at that crossing I roll down my window
every time, check for the whistle.

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