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The Freight Train

Countrymen! Sleep! There's no train here Condemned as we are, who to fear? Consider crushed stones the rose bed, Tracks are soft pillows, place your head. Haven't we had many thorns in life? Have we failed to face any strife? Like peaceful children, hence, they slept, Although their souls within them wept. Wherefrom, like fate, that train appear? Our deadly tired bodies to tear! That our so far held breaths to take, And out of us mere corpses to make! We know they'll now investigate, Brain from reasons to separate! 'O poor dear countrymen!' they'll say, 'Yet why did you choose the train's way?' Thus ends, lo, our life-long labor, A prey to a lifeless monster! “At least 16 migrant laborers were killed early on Friday after a cargo train ran over them in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district” 30 May 2021 ALL YOURS (May 29) Poetry Contest Sponsored by: Brian Strand

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Date: 6/1/2021 7:44:00 AM
Congrats on your win--you caught well the irony and sadness....
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 6/1/2021 8:00:00 AM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 9:53:00 PM
Beautiful poem. Pity people had to die.
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 10:20:00 PM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 2:21:00 PM
Very powerful poem and gives us pause to reflect on this tragedy..well written!
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 10:19:00 PM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 2:15:00 PM
Congratulations Christuraj! Thank you for sharing this horrible accident and remembering those nameless, often faceless, victims. So important that poetry recognizes events such as this - congratulations! Blessings to you and your creative muse!
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 10:18:00 PM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 1:50:00 PM
Wow. Powerful writing. Congrats and God bless you. Love, Gina
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 10:16:00 PM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 12:00:00 PM
Individuals who died as a result of this catastrophe deserve special consideration. Well done Alex
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 12:03:00 PM
Thank you very much.
Date: 5/30/2021 10:14:00 AM
What a terrible tragedy Christuraj, you captured it well in your verse. Tom
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Christuraj Alex
Date: 5/30/2021 12:04:00 PM
Thank you very much.