Stanza 3


The compound's infrastructure could not be
As functional if electricity
Were not created for the base en masse.
So generators fueled by natural gas
Had been installed in seven defilades,
The which were scattered, so that renegades
Could never target two with single shots.
And though the base's needs in kilowatts
Could be accommodated by just three,
The added power and redundancy
Kept sensitive communications gear
From hot and cold extremes in temperature.
The engineers had only one recourse
To tap into a local water source.
So towards this end, to reach the liquid sweet,
They sunk three wells below a hundred feet.
Then pumped against the force of gravity
The water flowed through pipes of PVC,
Directed to anticipate each need,
Assuring that the mission would succeed.