"So Brad McLaughlin mingled reckless talk
Of heavenly stars with hugger-mugger farming,
. . . [a]nd spen[t] the proceeds on a telescope
To satisfy a lifelong curiosity
About our place among the infinities. . . .
He had been heard to say by several:
'The best thing that we're put here for's to see;
The strongest thing that's given us to see with's
A telescope. Someone in every town
Seems to me owes it to the town to keep one.'"