They had a reputation for reliability
but there’s always an exception to the rule.
Mine was the exception
with an inclination
to come to a halt
for no reason,
just a whim.
It was worse after it was fixed,
it’s tappets adjusted
or perhaps renewed.
It became so afraid of stalling
that it was reluctant even to start.
One part of the car park was on a slight slope.
I got to work early to make sure of my place.
I switched on the engine,
gave it a push,
leapt inside
and put it into gear.
Usually that did the trick
and the engine spluttered into life.
No way will I let anyone fix tappets
on my car again.


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