Reinventing the Wheel

wheel

(cartoon found in Google images)

The first one made of stone,
a little out of round.
It spun the potter’s dreams.

Pat Sajak,
did you think you owned it?
Take a look at Chaucer’s Tales,
It’s all been done before.

A step into the future,
then back again; potholes
and fallen emperors,

Catherine’s torture…
even overbalanced
perpetual motion is just a dream.
What good is this invention?

Chariot, Spoked,
Iron rimmed, Pneumatic tires
This was never meant to be a list poem.

All these years of reinventing,
from science to art,
precisely round with just a bit
of baroque embellishment

Born and reborn,
steel and splash,
it keeps on turning.

4 comments

  1. What a wonderfully poetic way of saying it’s all been done before.

    Even the wheel, which is always thought of as perhaps the only truly 100% man made invention owes a doff of the cap to nature; dung beetles and tumbleweeds being ‘wheeled organisms” (well, sort of.)

    What’s that Skippy? Oh, you say you’ve managed overcome the first and second law of thermodynamics; jolly well done old chap. :))

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  2. Hi Sarah

    What an evocative poem on the “wheel”. I love both the truth and underscoring wit in this poem — but also how it exemplifies the evolution of humanity going in cycles and how despite re-invention of purpose and technique, we still turn and grind our way through its routine.

    All these years of reinventing,
    from science to art,
    precisely round with just a bit
    of baroque embellishment

    Born and reborn,
    steel and splash,
    it keeps on turning.

    And perhaps, because of the effort, the struggle, the constant factor is how life seems more beautiful and fragile. Just my thoughts but love the poem and the cartoon made me smile.

    Take care
    WEndy

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    • Wendy,

      “the constant factor is how life seems more beautiful and fragile.”

      Beautiful! Thank you…as always you look into the heart of a poem
      and you always find the pulse.

      Sarah

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