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HAND BOMBER

Steam pressure getting low,

The fire–barely aglow–…

The engineer, calmer,

Knew this hand bomber,

Needed someone to shovel coal!

He didn’t have an automatic stoker,

His steam engine was a good smoker…

The crew would be calmer

If this old hand bomber,

Had a fireman good with a poker!

Shoveling coal by hand

Is hardly now in demand…

The hand bombers gone

We’ll get along,

Except at a few museums,

And happily pay to see one…

And by the way

They’ll run it today,

Planning to pay er diem.

–J.E. Caswell