[…] cansso that they softly say:ESSO-SO-SO-SOto high-strung automobiles. (36-39)
The way Bishop puts it here, it seems as though the oilcans love the cars. And suddenly, there's a tenderness added to the scene.
Somebody loves us all. (40)
This says it all, don't you think? There's love for every person and thing, even in a cruddy old filling station. This definitely rings out as the Big Message line. The question is, is the speaker being sarcastic here? Or just plain old corny?