It was the driver’s bad luck
That the truck got stuck
As he drove beneath the overpass.
Slightly wedged, he hit the gas,
And jammed the truck in tight.
So they called far and wide for experts who were bright,
Engineers with brilliant minds,
A solution they would surely find.
An expert said: “We can use some floor-to-ceiling jacks
“To raise the overpass.”
But with each lift of a jack
The arch that held the bridge cracked.
“We can cut off the top of the truck with a saw,”
Was another idea with a serious flaw.
Two geniuses discussed breaking apart the road above.
“It will loosen the arch just enough.”
People gathered on the bridge and looked down.
“Oh my, what will they do?” they fretted and frowned.
But a young boy nearby licking a sucker
Said: “I know how to help the troubled trucker.
“Why don’t you deflate the tires on the truck?
“I’ll wager that the truck will drop and become unstuck.”
For all those brains that had traveled for miles,
None saw the problem through the eyes of a child.
And so dear readers, remember the lesson
Taught so long ago by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
That it doesn’t matter who you meet
When you are walking down the street.
That person can teach you a thing or two
Even if the person is old or a youth.
Contact: David Madrid
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, … in that I learn from him.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosopher, Poet, Essayist
May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882