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Richard Wilbur - A Fire-Truck

Right down the shocked street with a
That sends all else skittering to the
Redness, brass, ladders and hats hurl
     Blurring to sheer verb,

Shift at the corner into uproarious gear
And make it around the turn in a squall
                                              of traction,
The headlong bell maintaining sure and
     Thought is degraded action!

Beautiful, heavy, unweary, loud,
                                        obvious thing!
I stand here purged of nuance, my
                                          mind a blank.
All I was brooding upon has taken
     And I have you to thank.

As you howl beyond hearing I carry you
                                          into my mind,
Ladders and brass and all, there to
Your phoenix-red simplicity, enshrined
     In that not extinguished fire.

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A Fire-Truck - Comments and Information

Poet: Richard Wilbur
Poem: A Fire-Truck
Volume: Advice to a Prophet
Year: Published/Written in 1961
Poem of the Day: Jul 25 2006

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