Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Fibre Optic Eating Backhoe

(FOEB pronounced "foebee")

by Richard Tornello

Have you ever seen the fibre optic eating backhoe?
It’s fierce and wild as it goes about its evil task, growling
Spewing stinky sooty smoke from its nostrils.
Rolling, or crawling on clanky tracks.
All sizes and types
No country is immune.
They grow every where!
Roll and dig. Dig and roll
See the cable and what hoe?
Let’s go.
Snap, cut, bzzzt.
The computer quickly dies
The phone quits, the movie ends
Cables incased in concrete
The FOEB’s delight, chew right through.
Steel conduit?
Not an issue with teeth so strong.
Whatto do?
Don’t you dare approach the FOEB
Cause you’ll be an appetizer,
and eaten too, burp.

© 2009 Richard Tornello

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