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20 Aug 2014

National Rail Would Like To Apologise For Any Inconvenience Caused


Inches punctuate elbows
as elbows rest on ribs.
The tangerine screens says it's running on time
but it's clearly telling fibs.
And then that dreaded public announcement
echoes through air:

"We are sorry to announce that the
17:21 service to Edinburgh
has been delayed by approximately 30 minutes
due to a person colliding with a train.
National Rail would like to apologise
for any inconvenience caused."

A flustered murmur and a few rude words
as frantic fingers flick through screens.
Smartphone solutions, apologetic texts;
distraction, dealt by any means.

You're scaling the platform of human herds,
fortune spending vending machines.
Admittedly you do start to feel a bit vexed;
decorum, smashed to smithereens.

Then the announcement is repeated,
and you listen, a little bit closer:

"We are sorry to announce that the
17:21 service to Edinburgh
has been delayed by approximately 30 minutes
due to a person colliding with a train.
National Rail would like to apologise
for any inconvenience caused."

Somewhere, several miles away, for some horrific reason,
a badly maimed corpse is collected from the track.
And you ponder, for a second,
and give selfishness the sack.
And as they're rushing past and ranting on,
it's difficult to swallow:

How anyone can hear,
that someone jumped in front of a train,
bear the minor consequence,
and have the fucking nerve to complain.

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