Steam Engine

      you could say 
that steam's pass'e 

that may be unkind
      it isn't so bad.

   not all that long ago
i ran a steam turbine.


      I had to open 
the valve slowly

to let the turbine
      reach full speed

   without letting
liquid water strike 
      turbine blades

   at high speed,
breaking vanes.


this steam engine
is an older design,
      a certain kind
   of beautiful,

inspiring reverence.

the old steel boiler,
and unimagineable
   moveable dream
      of an engine.

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