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Muni Poetry - Villanelle for the L

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This article is part of a poetry series dedicated to every Muni route in San Francisco. You can find the poet, Mc "Mack" Allen, on twitter at @that_mc.

Villanelle for the L

We’re taking muni metro to the zoo
waiting in a motionless L Taraval–
inside the Twin Peaks tunnel there’s a queue.

Blocked box on West Portal Avenue
Ulloa’s gridlocked, ubers crawl–
we’re taking muni metro to the zoo.

Promises to speed up trains don’t ring true–
the Supervisors drive to city hall,
while inside Twin Peaks tunnel there’s a queue.

These delays are really nothing new
public streets remain a free-for-all–
we’re taking muni metro to the zoo.

The rails themselves are now brand-new
and although the tunnel’s had an overhaul–
still inside Twin Peaks tunnel there’s a queue.

When we arrive we’ll visit with kangaroo
It’s been a hundred years on the L Taraval
we’re taking muni metro to the zoo.
Inside Twin Peaks tunnel there’s a queue.

 

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