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The station is ominous at Midnight,
Hope is a dead letter.
Time to change tracks
For something better.

No local train now,
long since departed.
No way of getting back
to where you started.

I read these lines so many years ago, that I can’t even remember which book I got it from. And yet they have stayed with me all these years and they continue to influence me till this day.

I finally figured why. Even as a callow youth I recognised an universal truth when I read it.