The best adventures often start
On railroad trains that suddenly
Have had to halt mid-journey due
To clichéd plot device:

"A shot rang out!" — "The bridge collapsed!"
"The President is missing now!"
"We have only five minutes left
To neutralize the bomb!"

What happens next? That all depends
On authors' talents to step on
And trigger mines they set themselves.
They must break into jail ...

^z - 2018-09-03