BrooksLooks @ George Schuster

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George Schuster
Brooks Bradbury
16 December 2013

greeted my share of kings and queens
and those who star on movie screens
dined with rock stars, met heads of state
the notorious and the now quite late

but a face encountered eons ago
with steely eyes I didn’t quite know
has stuck with me and haunts me still
his rare achievement and iron will

just a kid, I crossed the road
and met him there at the end of his life
kindly and willing to the garage he strode
of course he’d sharpen my kid jackknife

he stepped on the metal treadle
the big stone wheel would start to spin
sparks commenced from the metal
fascinated, i could but stand and grin

he asked if it was sharp enough
as if i really knew
these fleeting moments would be our last
as if he probably knew, too

back across the road,
sharp shiny blade in hand
i’m sure my mother had her doubts with me,
and the knife,
but not with the kindly old man

see, he was a master mechanic
in the automobile’s dawning age
and back in nineteen aught eight
he drove onto the world’s biggest stage

around the globe in his Thomas Flyer
he drove with grit and plenty of tires
to Paris–an American glory,
George Schuster set the winning pace
Champion of the world’s Great Race

that’s the story unabridged and whole
simple kindness from a once great soul
a moment in two lifetimes,
a sliver of each life
memorable moments shared
with only a simple knife

Copyright © 2013 Brooks Bradbury | Brooks Looks
Photo Credit: Jenn Czapla, 44 East Avenue, Springville, NY

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