March 10, 2015

A New Poem

As a railfan, I pay a lot of attention to train accidents. A particularly unfortunate and inexplicable accident happened in Valhalla, New York, on February 3. I wrote a poem about that accident and posted it on Facebook. I had employed what for me were unusual techniques, and I was looking for feedback on the result. What feedback I did get—not a all of it came through Facebook—was not especially positive. I therefore revised the poem, and feedback this time was good enough for me to consider the poem done, at least for now.

I have posted the poem on my Web site. It is titled “Metro-North Accident, Valhalla, New York, February 3, 2015,” and you can read it here. Comments on the poem will be much appreciated. You can’t leave them on the Web site, but you can leave them here.

NTSB investigators at the scene of the Valhalla accident (photo by NTSB)

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