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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