Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Wheel


When people first moved things around
Across the dirt and rocks and ledges,
They tired of dragging on the ground
And started piling stuff on sledges.

This worked out for quite a while
But they eventually learned
The sledges could be moved with style
By rolling them on logs that turned.

Meanwhile, in making pots and bowls
And other stuff formed out of clay,
A round shape was one of the goals
Met by use of a spinning tray.

So putting these ideas together
Folks could make some simple parts:
Axles held by straps of leather,
holding wheels to move their carts.

Even now, the gear and pulley,
Bike and train, automobile,
Don't mean that people have fully
Made use of this thing, the wheel.

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