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Death by Subway

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Death by Subway

A person pushed into the path
Of an approaching train
Might clamber to avoid his death,
But it will be in vain.

For even if the engineer
Tries slamming on the brake,
There isn’t time enough to stop,
Despite the life at stake.

A true New Yorker knows by now
To stand back, by the wall
So she won’t be the one who’s shoved
And neither will she fall.

Yet twice in recent weeks, we heard
Of tragic subway deaths.
Imagine how those victims felt
As they took their last breaths.

The New York murder rate is down
From poison, guns and knives;
How awful, then, that subway cars
Have ended people’s lives.

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  1. Date: 12/30/2012 2:06:00 PM

    Wonderful write on such an awful act. She didn't like muslims or some ethnicity. God Help Us All. Oh, HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 6:18:00 PM

    Exactly. How terrible to meet your end in such tragic circumstances. Certainly contemporary with perfect flow and rhyming. Well done Ilene, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Keith

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 4:58:00 PM

    True ignorance to get so close to the tracks like that. I wonder how many have been deliberately pushed though! That is sad, and it would be horrible to die that way, but would also be very fast!

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 3:46:00 PM

    someday it will be stopped dont lose hope xoxo pd