Machine Man

machines were his passion, they really lit his fire

collected one of each kind, had a burning desire


had the skills to maintain them all

loved the variety, it was his call


but they don’t come cheap

long hard work just to keep


yet his infatuation ran deep

they haunted his dream sleep


when using any he would visibly ignite

his eyes lit up, the flame burnt bright


his well trained wife accepted his flame

she enjoyed his childlike delight as it came


his kind heart helped those he met

if using a machine it was a sure bet!


Carrot Ranch Challenge, April 4, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about fire. It can be a flame that burns or a light that inspires. Follow the flames and go where the prompt leads!


  1. A great write, Kate! And he sounds like a man who knows how to keep the fires burning in all areas of life!
    🔥 💛 🔥 🧡 🔥 ❤️
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I’ve always admired anyone who can work on machines and keep them running. 🙂

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  2. He is indeed a man of passion but he is so lucky to have a wife who understands him well and as you have described above they are a blessed couple.
    O Kate, thank you for writing such lovely poem for such lovely couple.
    Many have a fire for “something” but not everyone has support from their spouse.

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