Metal jaw rusty from no use,
until the pipe fitter finds himself in need of his tools.
Now joints grating against each other
iron against iron, each cog turning faster and faster
galvanized hinges loosening as the white-hot metal sends sparks.
The machine coming to life, jaws of steel opening up
a cloud of dusty air
titanium begins to shake, metal work vibrating
and finally, he speaks.

Photo: Men as Machines by Viewminder  [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs]

Published by Christy Leos

Hi! I’m Christy Leos – Writer, Editor, and Author with a background in English Literature, social media, digital content creation, and access to justice work for marginalized communities. 📌When I write, I am the best version of myself; I am a storyteller.📌 📣 Work featured on News Break, LatinaMedia.Co, ABC13, Southern Laced, and

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