The temperature in the reactor
is a hundred and eighteen degrees,
Precise calculations based
on mountains of theory had led us
to know the unequivocal
optimum for fuel-burning efficiancy.
At that temperature an engineer
can survive for an hour before
they require time-off for relief.
Forget your next question
about a cost/benefit analysis. Forget
your MBA training and calculus.
At ten degrees cooler we could
survive for a work week,
survive forever. What more?
The depth of the oceans?
A lack of oxygen? Meters on each
block measuring methane.
We could be calmer, peaceful,
at ease. Cooler in our temp
and standing, for ten degrees.