Mechanisms

by Eric Chaet

Valves, hinges, pistons & cylinders
timing sequences, cams & cam-shafts, gear-trains

mechanisms of a thousand useful machines
creations of the creation, humanity.

No one knows the inventors’ names
&, anyway
compared to what has become
of what they snatched from nothing but potential
with refinement after refinement—
what they made was crude
yet exquisite as dandelion, salmon, or Saturn’s rings.

Beyond reverence, I’d learn to manipulate them
for my own benefit & everyone’s
except those who take advantage of others’
weakness, ignorance, & desperation
to expropriate & dominate.

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Previously posted @ Heavy Bear (USA).

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Picture: Wikimedia

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