A car can eat miles of America -
the amber waves of grain,
the sea-to-shining-sea -
From the combustion of
refined hydrocarbons, we obtain the products:
carbon dioxide, water,
and a new destination.
As the earth slips backwards
beneath rubber tires freshly rotated
only exhaust fumes are left behind.
A fragrant offering
of greenhouse gas and mild pollution.
And America stoically witnesses
this exchange of chemical and kinetic energies,
Remembering a time before America
was its name.
And a time before that.