With riots, deaths and civil war,
Disasters, bomb scares, feelings raw
The world we live in has deep flaws
So many seek to settle scores …
Amid the chaos, one bright spark
Small progress in a world grown dark
Something positive I have found:
40th birthday of our “Wunderground”!
Brussels metro first took flight
(OK, the metaphor's not right!)
On a cool September day
Crowds gathered – no one had to pay!
King Baudouin travelled like the rest
Admired the murals as a guest
For art inspires, uplifts the soul
So naturally, it has a role
To play in tunnels metres deep;
Brussels artists to us speak!
More stations quickly came on line
Terminus-changing all the time!
In a struggle to keep up to speed
Lifts exist for those in need
But the network has to be extended
So budget plans are open-ended...
As “Mobility Week” has shown
In this clogged-up city, drivers moan
But the STIB, for all its faults, does try
To do its bit – give it a try!
(c) Poet in the woods 2016