A man lay on the railway track

And waited calmly for his train.

Approaching fast, it ran him down;

He quivered and got up again.


This feat of mind over matter

Was the subject of much chatter.

He did the tour of the bars,

Showing everyone his scars.


‘My destiny was to survive;

I knew I would come out alive.

It’s true I teetered on the brink,

But all turned out quite well, I think.’


Becoming famous far and wide,

He took the plaudits in his stride:

Interviews and gala lunches,

Flowers sent each day in bunches.


Until one day he met his niece.

‘I'm still’, he ventured, ‘in one piece.’

‘No,’ she replied, ‘it’s plain to see;

You are divided into three.’


The moral of this tale is plain.

If you should argue with a train,

A famous role you may enact;

The challenge is to stay intact.

◄ Strange Times

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 12th Jan 2022 17:25

Thanks for the like, Brenda.

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 10th Jan 2022 21:59

Thanks, Telboy

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 9th Jan 2022 16:48

Thank you for the comments. KJ - yes, he is less than half the man he used be, although he doesn't realise for a long time! And John, the Holy Trinity - such symbolism had not occured to me but it makes perfect sense.

I wrote this poem many years ago and have revised it several times. To be honest, I am still rather baffled by it, so you are in good company, Tom!

One way of looking at it is through the story of the Emperor's New Clothes. Everyone sees that the man is cut into three but no one will tell him until his niece comes along and tells him the truth (which still leaves a number of things unexplained). So perhaps it is a parable for people's reluctance to tell an obvious truth, for fearing of being out of the step with conventional belief. Or of course it may be something much simpler!

Many thanks to John C, Keith, Binte, Julie, Stephen A., Holden and Jimakos for the likes.

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Sun 9th Jan 2022 14:25

Brilliant and slightly baffling. I like it!

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John Botterill

Sun 9th Jan 2022 11:53

I am tempted to say He is the holy trinity. Only God could survive that! Got me thinking Stephen. Thanks

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kJ Walker

Sun 9th Jan 2022 08:17

It seems that he did survive, but he's not half the man he used to be.

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