from In Counteraction Vanderbilt, a drama

Posted: October 5, 2010 by 7efellight in Uncategorized
The second Harlem corner of 1864 involved Daniel Drew and Commodore Vanderbilt in a struggle for the Harlem River Railroad.
This play is offered on
Chorus of Reporters come forth
First Choral Sonnet
No petty consummations of success
For novel introductions on the sea
And land to Vanderbilt in happiness
Belong. Evolving boilers by degree,
His expeditious steamers he refined,
Compressing the Atlantic into eight
Short days. Engenderments befit his mind
In perspicacious discontent with fate.
He fathomed what displeased him to revise
His ships. In scrutinous displeasure he
Discovered maritime amends of size
And shape, not brooking mere proficiency
In evolution. Fortune he’d enhance
With rapid advents of intelligence.
Second Choral Sonnet
In thriving economics, instrumental thrift
Affirming, thriftless languor never liking, found
In living physicality the fittest shift
Resolving, not for somnolence renowned,
Commodore Vanderbilt more vigorous
In commerce grows. With new contrivances
Of thrustful torque a heavier impetus
To locomotion he imparts, who is
The primest evolution of free men.
He makes amelioration orderly,
The faintest disarray in regimen
Forbidding, from belated vices free.
Straited enlivenments, in struggles not
Relenting, strengthen Vanderbilt in thought.
Third Choral Sonnet
No laggard transportation is allowed
By land or sea on Vanderbilt’s advanced
Machines. Facilitating every crowd
In transit, larger pistons he’s enhanced,
Not wasting steam. On repetitious screws
(As forcible in motive torque as ten
Thousand stallions) his latest steamers cruise,
Renowned in transatlantic regimen
For rapid comfort. Artificially
Not failing the advice of engineers,
Ebullient locomotion he’d agree
To mend, persuaded by mechanic peers
What parts to use. The Commodore bestirred
Industrial reasoners when truth was heard.

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