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The tragic death of Sue Zimmer of Rice Lakes, Wisconsin, during the Arizona NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway caused Chris Martin to once again write a poem. A word of warning: this contains some strong images and language.
The vacation to end all vacations…
Likely, no one saw the landing.
Perhaps she heard ‘Funny car to the lanes’
The pictures stop.
Firebird. The universe.
# # #
Except for the scrambling ants….
blood splash on the trailer door.
Arms waving, voices yell out
One struggles to focus on useful old bromides
# # #
It wasn’t the kid’s fault
It will happen again, innocence be damned.
Infants will fall out of the bleachers
So, let’s sift through the rubble with our hats on
hold her dear, this so unlucky one.
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