Level Crossing

First, the rumble.
Then smoke and cinder.
No one slows
Until the signal man
Says they must.

Even level crossings
Mind this rule.
Blind turns,
With obstructed vision,
Are worse.

How many crossings
Do we hurry by
Never noticing the show?
The level ones,
Especially, should
Require no signal man.

These need us
To slow ourselves down
to see
Anything special
Rumbling into view.



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