joy ride

somebody stole a U.S. Army tank
in Mannheim, Germany, ran it
through the downtown area
crushing cars, ramming into
shops and scattering pedestrians:
4 of them injured as the
M-60 tank, 50 tons of it
rammed along until it ran over
a bridge and fell off into the
Neckar river with the driver

they tried to get him out
but he had latched himself in.
they attempted to lift the tank
with steel cables
twice snapped
and after 12 hours he was
still down there
after doing $810,000 worth of

there was little hope, they
said, of finding anybody alive
in there.

too bad.
all they wanted to ask him
why did he
do it?

just as well.
the answer would have been
very stupid.

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