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Reports of the dead ticked up
Unreal, inevitable
Like that photo of the Dust Bowl
The solid wall of minuscule particles
Obscuring sky and horizon
Knowing everyone in the way
Would be subsumed under the choking cloud.
Like a weather report of floods and storms
Just the next county over but surely
You’re on high ground.
Still reports of the dead ticked up
Unreal, inevitable
Like a movie-screen train wreck
Happening at remove
Is it a miniature,
Or did they really wreck a train?

Plague series #32
Shared to the dverse Open Link of 6/11/20

9 thoughts on “Train wreck

  1. Actually we have (had) a planet wreck, and the ticker will start embracing 7 digits. A Mell of a Hess, for sure.

  2. I love the way you start with a concrete image, Xan, a reality we are all currently faced with, and then compare it to tragedies in other times and places. I don’t know anyone who was around in the Dust Bowl, but the photograph is familiar, ‘The solid wall of minuscule particles / Obscuring sky and horizon’ and the knowledge of what happened to the people. Seeing things at a distance never prepares you for the up close and personal of tragedy.

  3. This is beautifully evocative. There is so much happening around us .. the tragedy of it all washes over and overwhelms.

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