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Friday, May 18, 2007

Lock No. 4

Sometimes I sit at the stoplight in Roanoke
Right by the sign that says
Lock No. 4, Wabash-Erie Canal
And hear a shout--Look out!
I hear the jingle of a mule's harness,
A quick whinny, the splash of a
Long pole in the water--

A semi-truck weighs 40 tons,
Just what a canal boat displaces...
As it glides by me, and I drive on.

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