What Were You Doing

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Anonymity in sloppy handwriting
Has confounded my search
For what you were developing.

Hard rubber, grinders
Chemicals for exothermic reactions,
Heat,
Stability,
1917,
Brakes?
Some parts for a weapon?

Why didn’t you have better penmanship?
It would have made this project much easier.
Your p’s rarely loop,
You printed E and B with little regard for their difference.

I guess Lieban will be your name,
The first part looks like Chris,
But that Ch could be a U, and
Who knows what the rest of those letters are,
They trail off into some engineer’s hieroglyphic,
Of mystery.

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