- Category: The Geometric Lover
- Written by Jim Dee
A system based on pressure, on the power
Of a healthy Susquehanna. There must have
Been a giant axle at one time for this place
To have turned with all of the grace
Of a giant ferris wheel. "It really could have
Worked," I remark, as if it never did.
Perhaps certain parts of the wheel
Went towards the making of the giant
Ferris wheel in the 1904 World's Fair
In St. Louis, a time when Scott Joplin
Was playing his
Could he have known the important link
Between waterfalls and ferris wheels?
The same link found in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Where ragtime was not as popular
As, say, the Polish Mazurka, but just the same,
Water wheel paddles,
Ultimately, through gearboxes and grease,
Crushing the coal, crushing the coal, crushing the coal.