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Lunch Guest

Mar 31, 2009 | Posted in Essays, Poetry

Lunch Guest

By Kathy J. Flaherty, March 2009

I'd like to share a Coke and pizza pie with Colonel Drake
A most informal setting for our mid- day dining break.
We'd nibble at the pizza and talk "oil industry."
I'd ask him lots of questions and he'd ask some back of me.
I'd want to hear first- hand about the challenges he faced,
About the joy of his success that all the world embraced.

I'd listen to his tales about the early days of oil,
Of his first attempt to put a hole through loose, wet soil.
He'd tell me how they had to work to make the wellbore straight,
I'd tell him how we drive the bit to make it deviate.
He'd be amazed to hear how we can drill in all directions,
I'd show him some new tools that we use to make projections.

He'd tell me of the pitcher pump he used on his first well,
And how later with each gusher drilled, oil prices fell.
He'd tell me how they shot old wells with nitroglycerine.
I'd tell him how we perforate the casing we set in.
We'd drink a toast to oil folks who followed in his wake.
Yes, I'd like to share a Coke and pizza pie with Colonel Drake.

Note: Colonel Drake photo courtesy of the Drake well Museum.