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Damaged Mazda RX-7 Leads to Poetic Craigslist Tribute

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Pictured: 1988 Mazda RX-7 Convertible
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Tragedy can be a catalyst for creativity; heartbreak can be harnessed to produce soul-stirring art.

If you’re like most people, you have a deep bond with your vehicle, and one of the most heart-wrenching and senseless acts of random violence you can encounter is a hit-and-run. Instead of receiving justice for the crime against you, you’re forced to pay for the damages yourself and bear the burden of someone else’s carelessness.

An Austin, Texas resident experienced this tragic situation recently when his newly-acquired 1988 Mazda RX-7 sportscar received anonymous damage while he was inside a movie theater. The result is a stirring poem he penned to deal with the grief.

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Poem Paying Homage to Damaged RX-7 Will Bring Tears

The writer of “A brief glancing blow in the middle of the night” shared his composition on the infamous “Missed Connections” section on Craigslist. He penned the lyrics after his pristine ’88 RX-7 received a blow to the front fender by someone’s poor parking job. No note was left claiming responsibility and offering recompense, so the owner vented his frustration in an artistic way.

My red rx7, newly obtained, rust unstained, sat in a parking spot.
When you pulled in, you overshot.
An old 88, with beautiful factory original paint, sat glistening in the night. I came out to a fright.
But you didn’t care, you didn’t think. You hit my car, what a fink.
The front left fender bears a scar, a spot undamaged for 26 years on this car.
You left no note, with me or the theatre. My car is left in the state of a beater.
The money and materials are less the matter, but your lack of compassion makes me sadder.
I have been in a state of depression, longing for anything to rid me of this oppression.
That rhyme was lame, I do admit. But that sin I have to commit,
because dear people who read this ad
I want you to know that hitting and running is bad.
You hurt not only the car, but the person inside
to know that someone was so cruel to their sweet ride.

We wholeheartedly agree with this poet: hit-and-runs are awful, especially those sustained without any note of apology or repayment.¬†While the perpetrator might have ran off out of embarrassment and fear, the damage done isn’t just to the car– it’s in the victim’s faith in humanity too. And, we think it’s justified considering how rare an excellent-condition rotary sports car from Mazda is.

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