The Crystal Set Radio
My father and I discussed making one
but I don't think that we ever did.
Today, the name "crystal set" seems exotic,
like the crystal skulls Aztecs are said
to have carved, but are mostly modern fakes.
Ha! an archaic term my physics master Mister
Barnett used: "steam radio"! Faint
voices emanated from darkness
amid scratchy, whiny noise
-- they might have been
from Alpha Centauri --
as I endlessly twiddled the knobs.
Christopher T. George