Blair Trewartha’s Procedures for Escape

April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm 7 comments

To kick off National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to post another poem that originally appeared in Misunderstandings Magazine. Here’s Blair Trewartha’s Procedures for Escape from MM11:

The train hovers along the track
somewhere between Oshawa and Belleville
and I sit in seat 14
in the aisle across from the emergency window
with a little red hammer
in a small gray box —
the one which every kid, including me
would give up their seat
just to smash

The attendant explains the procedures of escape
to the family of five sitting ahead of me
She’s a cute brunette with high cheekbones
and low lips and probably close to my age
and she asks me if in the event of an emergency
would I be willing to climb out the window with her first
to help her assist all the women and children off the train

I tell her yes, most definitely, and stare back out the window
at the blurred trees and old telephone wires
listening to the sounds the train wheels make
across the cold, hard rails
which always sound a bit like thunder
and a bit like a steel mill in full work-day swing
and I imagine the two of us, hand in hand
leaping out the shattered window
of the recently de-railed
looking like two children jumping off a small cliff
into blue water on a sun-blind afternoon
using their fear of heights
as a meager excuse to hold hands

I look back at the tiny red hammer
in the little gray box
displayed like a javelin in a courtroom
and repeat her question over again in my head
thinking, yes I would be willing to do that
you’re just the first person
to have asked



Blair Trewartha

Entry filed under: Misunderstandings Magazine.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Blair Trewartha  |  April 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks so much Jim. Great photo choice, haha.

  • 2. Bart  |  September 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Great poem, good choice.

  • 3. Brian Trewartha  |  October 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Nice poem… keep writing! We never know what talent is hidden until we dare to expose it.

  • 4. Blair Trewartha’s Break In « Patternicity  |  January 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    […] first chapbook, Break In, along with MM13. As a preview you can read Procedures for Escape here. I’ve also posted the cover […]

  • 5. btrewartha  |  January 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks everyone

  • 6. The Cartographer’s Skin « LARA BOZABALIAN  |  April 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    […] The show went out in style, with amazing readings from Valentino Assenza, Rocco De Giacomo and Blair Trewartha. It was a great night, and a packed house; well deserved for Mike, who has put in a lot of work […]

  • 7. Marc di Saverio  |  April 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    awesome work Blair!


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