210º F (a poem)

This poem actually uses epistrophe, not anaphora—but I’m not likely to write another poem within the next half-hour, so…

The temperature gauge
has drifted to the right
I’ve been eyeing it with some concern
but the manual says that’s normal
when the engine is working harder—
as long as the indicator light
doesn’t come on

I remind myself
that the car ‘s overdue
for an oil change
but it’ll have to wait
I can’t afford to have
something else need repair
not right now
At least the indicator light
hasn’t come on

So the temperature gauge
will have to stay there
just to the right of center
I can learn to live with it—
for a while, anyway—
because the manual says
there’s no cause for concern
as long as the indicator light
doesn’t come on

(27 October 2017)