This one seems appropriate for Burns Night -
(William Symington's pioneer steamboat, financed by the landowner, Patrick Miller, sailed on Dalswinton Loch in 1788. Robert Burns (d. 1796) is said to have been a passenger.)
The claret goes round.
Symington: ‘What say you, Burns?
Are we not, like you, men of feeling
with these sweet pairings of ours? Did you observe
how the cylinder bids welcome to the piston,
how iron is wedded to steam?’
Burns replies, ‘And we bards
grease our conceits, oil our metaphors,
till our verses run as hot
as a maid in her passion.’ They laugh.
Maybe they’ll fish tomorrow.
‘If there be any. We scared them off today.’
He imagines a poem like a steamboat,
word-rivets shining like constellations,
a craft to navigate the unformed loch
of a new century. He could build it, he thinks,
if the muse is with himand twelve more years.