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Perfect Circle Piston Rings

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Perfect Circle Piston Rings

The Perfect Circle Plant was where most kids went to work as a general rule,
To begin a life of donkeywork upon graduation from the local school.
I dreamed of things far beyond the horizon like visitin' Rome or Istanbul,
Not a life of drudgery in the plant or plowin' corn behind a ploddin' mule!

I suppose I could've gone to work there, married and had a flock of kids,
But such a mundane life would've driven me to booze, landin' me on the skids!
They made expansion rings and such for airplanes, ships and tanks.
Not for me!  I chose the Air Force!  For that I've always given thanks!

While I enjoyed the beauty of Bermuda (where I 'fought' the Korean War),
My peers were waitin' for quittin' time, performin' their borin' chore!
I reckon they made about five bucks an hour turnin' out expansion rings.
I only made a hundred bucks a month, but it paid for my youthful flings!

I just couldn't see myself turnin' nuts and bolts and payin' union dues,
Or catchin' hell from the ol' lady for stoppin' by the pub for some brews!
While I was dinin' on steak and sippin' Tom Collins' at the Plantation House,
My pals back home were eatin' meatloaf and listenin' to their spouse's grouse!

I hasten to say that the Perfect Circle Plant provided my friends with needed work,
But operatin' a planer or lathe eight hours a day would've driven me berserk!
Should I have taken Dad's advice and hired on at the plant had I to do it over?
Nah!  I wanted to get off the farm and leave the county 'cause I'm an avid rover!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 8/18/2012 11:12:00 AM
    Ahhh!..I am glad that you took the different path that was lightly traveled..Many needed the jobs and still do..Now we don't have those plants for our people to work..I am always glad that I stopped by your work...Sara

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 5:47:00 AM
    it's always such a pleasure to see your name on the site and this poem did not disappoint. you've captured the life at a factory so well and it definitely sounds like you made the right choice for yourself! great poem!

  1. Date: 8/18/2012 3:06:00 AM
    Another gem, from you Robert, i guess i'm the same, needed to be an avid rover, took the family to New Zealand in 66. i like this very much, so magical, your poems tend to really hold one's attention when reading,a sign no doubt of a wonderful poet.

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 7:18:00 PM
    BTW..sorry to read about your brother..also give Vera my best..I hope shes coming along nicely. BG

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 7:17:00 PM
    Oh Mr Bob...you made a good choice. One of these days youll have to teach me how to rhyme the way you do..Im going to show this to a friend who is retired air force...BG

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 5:29:00 PM
    Nice way to describe how you would not get tied down to a mundane life. As usual, your descriptiveness and rhyming are great. Great job Bob

  1. Date: 8/17/2012 3:21:00 PM
    Dear bob, you have experienced a lot of land and oceans...A really exciting life, I believe... an adventure traveling man. Met both the joys and sorrows. Love this very good and well written poem. - - - How are your wife Vera? - Love & huggs // Anne-Lise :)