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.