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The delay on the line

was caused by some leaves

that turned into

soap and slippery grease.


Why do I ask

can it cause this digression

from the routine announcements

of trains in succession.


As the tannoy crackles

with a voice sympathising

I think that the whole approach

needs revising.


While we wait frustrated

we might want to ponder,

the science behind this

adhesive wonder.


Instead of the rather short

explanation, I suggest for future

generation a TV monitor

set up at the station.


Then we can watch

the leaves on the line

falling and greasing

and all would be fine.


By Barbara Boyle