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Rated: 13+ · Book · Educational · #1300042
I shine now, though the laws of physics cannot explain reversal for a former dwarf star.
#980764 added April 12, 2020 at 12:16am
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Come Again?
Red cloth wiping SAE grades
Perpetually from thick hands,
Your crude-smudged jumper frayed
By snagging obstacles --
Worn by the pavement
Where laid, body splayed.
Your eyes dense contemplate
Formings of my mouth --
Reconstruct the words
Orally displayed, converted
From a restricted vocabulary
With a particular set of functions
Into empty lines, rig up --
Hoist sentences on a mental rack,
Assembling those lines into
Ideas I have portrayed.

Mindless hands washed of
Remaining grime,
In a bath of reusable gasoline;
Dispensed by your creased leather
From the steel pedal.
Back turned to the wordsmith
Who hears your silence
In the dim garage
Where repairs are made,
I understand a life with hands
Laboring to link universal parts.

I’m a Ford retrofitted from parts
With metrical measurements.
Disengage the transmission,
As you ready your mind
To talk to me in words
I must comprehend.
Checks not accepted,
My Visa will be okay.


I told Sherri Gibson once I wanted to write poetry metaphorically linked with my love of cars. I never did because she said she didn’t think she would enjoy it.

Need to consider Convert/retrofit, central to theme.
GLOSSARY (Not that I need to):
SAE - typication of oil
Jumper - one piece mechanic attire
'Rig up,' 'hoist,' 'rack' - Mechanical car lift at garage
'Universal' - parts that are used in everything
'Retrofit' - replacement parts adapted to fit for function

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