That Day



His suicide was
decapitation by train
on the railroad tracks
on which he walked
every day

A few of the thoughts
he likely thought
when walking those tracks
every day

were, “...someday…
someday…
someday…”

He thought,
on that day,

“Today”

About this poem

This was about a suicide that I covered as a newspaper reporter years ago and my friend's reaction to it

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Written on January 17, 2024

Submitted by Sharky2288 on January 17, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xxaxB xcaB bBB cb
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 258
Words 51
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 5, 4, 3, 2

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