Do I need anymore entertainment in my life?? No…probably not…t
So, I unfortunately, witnessed a train wreck yesterday. Right as I was walking home from the bus stop, the bars came down and the train men (?) came out to clear the road, like they do every day dozen times a day, and I’ve thought to myself, dozen times since February (since I’ve been here) I should film the trains whizzing through town.
Another foreign teacher, from Texas, joked that it was so strange to him the train crossing here bc at home like we’re used to - they last FOR.E.VER. but here if you blink you can miss it. (I’m realizing now how boring of a topic this is…small town livin’…) And at home, sometimes they even STOP when you think they are almost through or…back up…anyways!
So I’ve been meaning to film, for this blogs sake and for memories, the train whizzing through town because the clang of the bells is a sound I hear all the time from my apartment.
And all days but yesterday that I finally decide to it….
The bars went down, the men came out, we waited and waited, and as the sound got nearer one man began to look left and right with a bit more haste than usual…and I thought, “No….” and then he threw his hands up and started frantically waving and reaching for his walkie talkie. Anyways, in the end, of course it was too late. And bang. The noise was not as loud as I imagined (whenever it was I imagined?) two trains colliding would sound like.
Apparently, according to news sources, this train that whizzed past was a sightseeing train. And the conductor either misread or ignored a stop signal and crashed into another stationary train. From what it sounds like, only the sightseeing train had passengers on it, about 100.
Very sadly, and when I read this on my phone I left because it was totally inappropriate to be an onlooker I felt at this point, one 77 year old woman died. And the rest of the people suffered some sort of injury and were taken to the hospital. It must have been terrifying.
The people of Korea rallied together and I noticed this morning, while crossing the tracks to get to the bus stop for school that both trains were totally cleared of the tracks and business was running as usual. Amazing… anyways. It was an experience…
2nd Grade, “What does it look like Under the Sea?”
It doesn’t interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
if you can know despair or see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes,
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living,
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.
I have heard, in that fierce embrace,
even the gods speak of God.
From RIVER FLOW: New and Selected Poems
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press
PHOTO © David Whyte: July 2013
Self Portrait: Palace des Papes, Avignon. France."
Near my apartment complex.. time for harvest!
Taebaek, South Korea
School field trip up the mountain. Way colder than everyone expected once we got up there!