A journey to London
A well-known route
Travelled daily by businessmen,
Lecturers, secretaries and the rest
Into the hub of enterprise and moneymaking.
The carriage packed,
No room to move,
Everyone going about their mornings
Their routines untroubled
Coffee, books and shallow chatter
The train halts, an unwelcome delay
Not unusual, it’s England after all.
No-one expects punctuality
They’re all partially expectant
Leaves on the track
Unable to continue
Derisive tuts, the train goers’ symphony
Contagiously flowing down the train,
Moaning about late arrival at work
Complaining about their ruined day
Leaves don’t crack
Alternative explanations bubble up into the collective mind,
A long delay,
That’s less common,
A tannoy announcement,
Vague, an evasive tone,
Raising more questions than it answers
Speculation begins to grow,
Twitter is set ablaze
Silence in the carriage
Noises in the airwaves
Alerting followers of their suspicion –
Yet another traintrack suicide.
Not tweets of sympathy for the victim nor the family,
Angry self-absorbed snippets,
Commuters made late by such a selfish act
Others worried about their own safety
In the aftermath of the elimination of the need for safety for another
They’re afraid of what might happen to them,
Thinking about their families,
How they’d feel were something to happen
What about those to whom something has already happened?
A fleeting thought spared for them?
A story to tell their friends, their colleagues,
To enhance their popularity,
To catch the interest of their contemporaries.
One person who made the ultimate decision
Has helped to improve the social lives of many.
Attention from someone who’d always been cold,
The beginning of a relationship,
A happy family
Born from terminal unhappiness
Selfishness during the event
Led to great joy,
Not for the inconvenience, but for the inconvenienced.
Seeing the fallout
Of an action
They were considering
Leads to the realisation
Of the devastation
That they could cause.
Saves them from dying,
If they saved more than one,
If two children come about,
A net gain for humanity,
But a tragic loss for humanity.
The apathetic reaction,
Regardless of positive outcomes,
Damaging the faith in humans,
No empathy, no mourning,
A lack of knowledge about the victim
Manifesting in a lack of care
A sparsely attended funeral
A single addition to the cemetery
Many benefits to the world,
Too many costs to those who were close.
Or did it just not matter at all?