Double Original Friday – The Funeral

ThefuneralI wrote this poem in response to the train crash that happened back in early February just outside of New York City. A car became stuck on the tracks and was struck by a commuter train. I didn’t know anybody involved or their families, but the story really stayed with me and I wound up dreaming about attending the funeral of the driver of the stranded vehicle. Sadly, the recent house fire in Brooklyn that killed 7 children reminded me of the poem. So I brought it out again to revise and illustrate. Poem, photograph, and composition by me.


  1. It’s interesting that you selected this side of the house with pipes that look like train tracks. And also interesting that the nature of asking the question again with the same answer provides insight into the human condition, the repetitive nature of human tragedy.


    1. Thank you! I’d seen and noted this particular drainpipe multiple times walking to work – I always think “what an elaborate design for something we don’t often think much about” and then I began to think about intersecting paths, roads, and train tracks…

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    1. Thank you! I’m pretty sure the drivers and pedestrians passing by on the street thought I was slightly unbalanced taking picture after picture of a drainpipe – but I was determined to capture what I saw in it, and I think I did.

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    1. Thank you, Claudia! I was really drawn to the organic feel of this drainpipe (which is a strange thing to write – but one of the arms even curls around the corner of the building and continues up the other side) and it is exactly as you put it – it is a metal plant with no leaves and no life.

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