This poem came out of the February 21, 2012 bonus fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman, siege, and my_partner_doug. It belongs to the Steamsmith series, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page. I've already done the British English spellchecking, but please let me know if you spot any other inconsistencies.
Here we have two historic figures, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, rendered as steamsmiths. If you know anything about their personalities, you can imagine how well they get along. Enter Maryam, into a heated discussion of alchemical engineering ...
This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $1 per line for Steamsmith poetry due to extra workload, so $5 will reveal 5 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: marina_bonomi, janetmiles, general fund
181 lines, Buy It Now = $181
Amount donated = $158
Verses posted = 38 of 42
Amount remaining to fund fully = $23
Amount needed to fund next verse = $4
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $6
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