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The train is stopped and they announce
That we will be delayed
And momentarily we'll move;
We're stuck here, I'm afraid.

But "momentarily" is vague.
Exactly, what's it mean?
A minute, half an hour
Or some number in between?

The passengers start tapping feet
But no one says a word.
Compared to rants or raves, I guess,
The silence is preferred.

Then suddenly, ten minutes in,
The train begins to move
And builds up speed quite quickly,
Like there's something it must prove.

We're prisoners when we commute
And we must serve our time, 
A perfect opportunity
To write a little rhyme.

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  1. Date: 11/30/2015 11:21:00 AM

  1. Date: 11/30/2015 2:08:00 AM

    An appropriate use of the delay, indeed. I enjoyed your poem, as always.
  1. Date: 11/29/2015 11:25:00 PM

    Your poetry always leaves me with a smile Ilene. It pays to always keep a pen and paper handy for occasions like this!