May 28, 2018
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Rilke and a New Ignition

By thomas moore

            “But we, when moved by deep feeling, evaporate;
             we breathe ourselves out and away.”                       

                     – Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Second Elegy”

 Unscrew the locking cap
the mechanic said
find the locater notch on the cylinder
use a small screwdriver to snap off
the electrical harness.
I follow his directions
after driving home from the tractor dealership
in Skowhegan with the new ignition
past the Somerset mill
its stacks spewing plumes into the blue
past Fairfield, Albion, Belfast, Bucksport,
then the deep feeling, satisfaction, 
when the tractor starts
a whoosh of diesel exhaust
a long ago city street smell
waiting in a plastic see-thru booth
a woman reading Vogue
her other hand on a baby carriage
waiting for the downtown bus
that coasts to a stop
with its diesel smell following
the hiss-thwunk of the door opening
she stepping down
carrying a green backpack.

Thomas Moore of Brooksville will be reading poems from his book “The Bolt-Cutters” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Blue Hill Library.


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