The Antique Power Show

Each engine finds its rhythm,
Developing three-horse, skirt
Of the piston revealed, oil
Everywhere, red flywheel whirling

In the cooled air, rocker arm
letting off the exhaust, magneto
trips, cuss—explosion, connecting
rod hurling to the turn of the internal

combustion, blue and gold Jaeger
cement mixer, 1889, Fuller & Johnson
washing machine, zealous operators
pushing more hours into the day,

dumping gas to make work easier,
fuel forced into valves to shave
shingles, grind corn, gravity fed
to feed the world, iron wheels

on the Fordson tractor, turning,
turning the ground, rain and sun
and single-stroke, pumping clear
water, moving. No stopping us now.

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