Roy Ernest Ballard


Crash - Poem by Roy Ernest Ballard

Massif L'Estérel, rounding a hairpin,
I came across an old wreck by the road,
close by a tree, a sports car painted red.
Allured by speed along the mountain road
its fearless driver failed to make the bend;
smashed sideways on the tree it broke in two.
One gaily coloured half lies upside down
the rest gapes upright... and the cuckoo calls.

Topic(s) of this poem: car, mountain, road, sport, tree


Poet's Notes about The Poem

'Elle a eu un accident' dit-il. ‘Sur la route de L'Estérel' (Francoise Sagan, 'Bonjour Tristesse') .
Je me demande... was this wreck connected with the book in some way?

Comments about Crash by Roy Ernest Ballard

  • Margaret O Driscoll (1/8/2016 9:36:00 AM)


    I can picture the scene, crashed car at a hairpin bend, surely a deterrent to others who speed! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/8/2016 4:15:00 AM)


    A touching poem cautioning against reckless driving in speed on hilly terrain. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 8, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, January 18, 2016


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