Monday, January 07, 2013
We Nurse Them With Acetylene And Ultraviolet Light
by: Sippican Cottage
Sun's beaming in the window,
There's rumbling from the floor,
We're rollicking and pulsing
Boxes dancing out the door.
Oh how our muscles ripple,
We're making twenty knots,
We're alternating; current --
We're glowing with the watts.
Pounding down the corridors,
With Bills of Lading, piled;
Our output's put the boss on ice
We're blowing out the dials.
They count the beans but can't keep up,
We're cooking with the gas;
Our arms are made from tempered steel,
Our heart is made of brass.
That brass is rolled to make a tube,
The tube is bent just so;
And when we blow that trumpet, Jack,
The girls get all aglow.
The whistle blows at five o'clock,
It's twenty-three skidoo;
The guys and gals that made that stuff,
Go out for dancing too.
They box the compass of the steps
Then swing from chandeliers;
They leave the clerks there in the lurch
Then kick it up a gear.
They pound the floor into the ground,
They swing and then they sway;
They'd drink to all their troubles,
But they've long since gone away.
They close the places late at night,
And walk beneath the stars;
Arm in arm, exchanging charms
One's Venus, one is Mars.
Mighty children spring from them,
To keep the flame alight;
They nurse them with acetylene,
And ultra-violet light.
They grow some whiskers when they're old,
And sit down for a spell;
Their Ercoles will take their place,
And raise a little hell.