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INVENTION, by            
First Line: Somewhere on some celestial testing-ground
Last Line: Where every first-born is another cain?
Subject(s): Wright, Orville (1871-1948); Wright, Wilbur (1867-1912)

Somewhere on some Celestial Testing-ground,
Replica of the Kitty Hawk they knew
When first on wings of miracle they flew,
And thus, for conquest by their fellows found
A world that hardly knows of mete and bound,
Do they recall their fateful flight, and rue
The moment when their labored dream came true,
The victory for which their names are crowned?

Do all the skilled of man's inventive brood
Share with the Wrights the Melancholy mood
Of givers who have seen their gifts betrayed?
The Tree of Knowledge, which they watered, made
The gateway to a wilderness of pain
Where every first-born is another Cain?

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