Already generations past its usefulness, the water wheel still commands the respect of the power lines just overhead.
Where the lines serve as a conduit for the efforts undertaken by others from far, far away, the water wheel never had that option.
Constantly in motion and subject to all of the vagaries of the weather, decay, and every type of infestation that the world has come to throw at it, the wheel has grown old through its own sweat and in service to those living right alongside it.
A reminder, surely, of how far we have come. From a time when our very survival required us to engage fully with nature.
A time when we had to give as much as we got.
And a time when we had to give first.
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