Instructions

Instructions

Fuel filler cap
     —haven’t I seen this before?  The
     sunlight under the eaves, mottled
     shadow, on the knurled rim of
     the dull silver metal

Oil filler cap
     bright yellow,
     horns like a snail
     —the oil’s down there—
     amber, clean,it
     falls back into its pit.

Oil drain plug
     so short, from in to out. Best
     let it drain when it is hot.

Engines switch
     off on. Off on. Just
     two places.  Forever,

     or,  not even one

Gary Snyder Mountains and Rivers Without End
Counterpoint: Berkeley, CA (1996) p.63Image

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