PK POETRY LIST - ANTHOLOGY

 

 

RICHARD SMITH

   

Black Snake Motorway

 

Setting: This piece was written on the snowy evening of Saturday, 7th February 2004, just before the writer saw the crash scene mentioned in The Gathering. It was shortened and revised in response to criticism on Friday, December 17th 2004.

 

The black rain pours down

Sheeting, sheeting;

From a pitch black sky

 

The black rain pours down

Weeping, weeping;

For the havoc it will cause

 

The black rain pours down

Turning, turning;

 Into white flecks of blinding snow

 

The black rain pours down

Sleeting, sleeting;

Exploding into a myriad million water bombs

 

The black rain pours down

Running, running;

Over the ice patches forming on the death trap motorway

 

The black rain pours down

Performing, performing;

Death rattles on many a windscreen

 

The black rain pours down

Deluging, Deluging;

An already water logged moor land

 

The black rain pours down

Slowing, slowing;

To a crawl regimented lines of vehicles

 

The black rain pours down

Frustrating, frustrating;

Many a busy schedule

 

The black rain pours down

Washing, washing;

The back of the Black Snake Motorway



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