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(20-06-1958 / Solihull, Birmingham, England)

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5.58pm

Alison is going to be late
For her train connection
Because Peter changed lane
Instead of radio channel.
They're both shaken
But will recount the tale
Over dinner with friends, tonight.
Josh's Daddy just died,
The police have announced
And the clear up will take
Several hours.
Meanwhile, diversions are in place.
His dinner will go cold.
More traffic news
At seven.

Submitted: Monday, January 12, 2009


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  • John Raubenheimer (10/24/2013 8:30:00 AM)

    Lives, Many you can imagine beyond the four names... clearing away the debris to a laconic newsreader's voice-over. Lovely poem.

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  • Valerie Dohren (8/12/2012 7:47:00 AM)

    Such a powerful write, so much said in so few words. Brilliant Martin.

  • Ruth Walters (6/19/2012 12:40:00 PM)

    all life and death in a few lines of poetry jus like a news bulletin and really quite poignant...

  • Shadow Girl (4/9/2012 9:10:00 PM)

    Very clever and well written a snippet from a moment in time juxtaposed yet connected...fantastic write.
    -SG

  • Danny Draper (3/25/2012 7:09:00 AM)

    One twitch in concentration while driving a car and the time line can and will be irreparably altered. One second, one life time. A good write.

  • Casual Diamond (2/22/2012 10:41:00 AM)

    i thought it was going to be about cocktail time but rather much more disheartening. its made me feel quite sad.

  • Patti Masterman (1/22/2012 5:19:00 PM)

    A great summation of the way the modern era makes us seem as insubstantial (and as long lasting) as ghosts.

  • Paul Hansford (1/15/2009 5:11:00 AM)

    Very chilling indeed. Succinct and skilful. Brilliant ending.

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