4 March 2021http://www.humanthoughts.org/steam.htm© Huw Powell
Steam Dreams

The boiler vents a blast
as superheated water
reaches operating
temperature and pressure

Metal creaks and groans
at the energy it stores
maximum torque on tap
a continent conquerer

Sits poised to move
a hundred fully-loaded
cars of ore in chain

Bound for Pittsburgh
to be smelted
reduced and alloyed

Girders riveted
a quarter mile into the sky
scraping the clouds

Our minds soar giddy
faster, stronger, higher
gazing at the Moon

A million times further