Water in the Machine

October 31, 2012
one-thing-you-never-put-in-a-trap BRONZE, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
And being young and full of folly, I fell in love with melancholy.
-Robert Frost
(It's not really personal but I like it)

The machine had been moving
For hundreds of years,
Efficient and unstoppable,
Yet a machine nonetheless.
It was not made of magic
So like any machine
When the water rushed in it stopped working.
The stations became canals
The tunnels underwater cities
Like something from the pages of child’s book.
The homes which held everything together
Which gave the machine purpose
Became submerged.
With a spark and a bang
And a flash seen from across the river
The machine went out.
And its life
Was damaged in the deluge
Damaged in the darkness
But it was this life from which the rebuilding
Would emerge
And the machine would again begin to move.

The author's comments:
This poem is about NYC in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. I live in New York and it occurred to me how frightening it was that the entire city shut down, with parts of the city flooded or without power. Thankfully me and my family are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of hurricane sandy.

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