Bill Grace

Faucets That Work Well - Poem by Bill Grace

My English teachers might not approve this thought
But if I understand the confessional genre of Sharon Olds correctly -
she might.
It is not just our childhood's that we survive or transcend or by
which we are destroyed.
The present is not a small thing.
An automatic faucet that works -
truly works well - is not a small thing.
All of these work in the corporate suite
when the sale is made.
It is later that the true test will come
long after the commission has been paid.
A thing that works well is a grand thing.
I appreciate the engineers who make life work smoothly,
for a few this will be the only thank you they ever receive.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 20, 2009

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