Lay for the Day 2nd
the opening of the Tower Subway, the world’s first underground passenger
railway. It carried 12 people at a time in a single car, hauled by a cable
through a tunnel under the Thames, close to where Tower Bridge now stands.
It was not a great success and closed in November of the same year.
Proceed with caution. Discreetly
who are passing or precede you.
Let no lurching virus
keep you from observing silence,
let no contact impede you.
To keep moving, to know where
are virtues of a corpuscle.
No backing nor slowing
at a branch or narrowing
to clog this veins dim bustle.
Occupy your thoughts to seem
and brace your foot to be wheel-hurled.
Noughted by every message,
undergoing wrongs of passage,
well pretend its the real world.
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