Stanza 118


The S4 told them, "I am most amazed
These ancient pumps have adequately raised
Sufficient water for the people's needs.
This clever fabrication supersedes
What I imagined in my wildest dreams.
Their engineers have taken to extremes
The concept that repairs should be preferred
When a replacement ought to have occurred,
Implying more than just frugality.
The village suffers from such poverty
They simply can't afford to modernize.
In many ways, this system is a prize
Example of Rube Goldberg's own design.
I think we can agree, we must confine
Our plans to finding ways to introduce
Alternatives to such a bad excuse
For getting water to the villagers.
Now since the population is averse
To interference from Americans
We must be careful as we make our plans."