Railroad Roulette


Rusty rails,
Dangerous chemicals,
Railroad roulette with a toxic mix
Environmental risk as age breakdown prevails,
Rolling along with clickity clicks.
While metronome ticks,
Safety fails.

When old oil cars are rent,
Creates an environmental scare
Where any of the many toxic wastes are sent,
Through cities, or almost anywhere.
It’s such a Devil’s dare.
Too frequent.

Author Notes:

Toxic chemicals are being transported upon the railroad trails everywhere and quite frequently. It anything from oil, to amonia, to nuclear waste. It’s being carried on age deteriorating lines. Any village or city is at risk, as well as our rivers and water tables. I think we need to be more aware of the danger, and put more safety measures in place.

Rent – as in torn
Metronome – an instrument used in music for keeping time.

This poem is a Triquain,
The Triquain is a format that relies primarily on syllable count. It is a seven line poem with syllables in multiples of 3. The Triquain, created by Shelley A. Cephas, is a poem with several creative variences and can be a rhyming or non-rhyming verse. This form is always centered. The simpliest layout of the form is a poem made up of 7 lines with 3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, and 3 syllables, in this order, any number of stanzas.

For this poem I chose 2 stanzas and a rhyme scheme of:
aababba ccdcddc.

The author took this picture himself on October 1, 2015 of oil cars crossing a bridge along the St. Croix River near Hastings Minnesota.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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