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Try to read this beautiful poem by Elizabeth Bishop
Posted by: seakean001 (203.177.74.---)
Date: June 03, 2010 12:03AM

Filling Station

Oh, but it is dirty!
--this little filling station,
oil-soaked, oil-permeated
to a disturbing, over-all
black translucency.
Be careful with that match!

Father wears a dirty,
oil-soaked monkey suit
that cuts him under the arms,
and several quick and saucy
and greasy sons assist him
(it's a family filling station),
all quite thoroughly dirty.

Do they live in the station?
It has a cement porch
behind the pumps, and on it
a set of crushed and grease-
impregnated wickerwork;
on the wicker sofa
a dirty dog, quite comfy.

Some comic books provide
the only note of color--
of certain color. They lie
upon a big dim doily
draping a taboret
(part of the set), beside
a big hirsute begonia.

Why the extraneous plant?
Why the taboret?
Why, oh why, the doily?
(Embroidered in daisy stitch
with marguerites, I think,
and heavy with gray crochet.)

Somebody embroidered the doily.
Somebody waters the plant,
or oils it, maybe. Somebody
arranges the rows of cans
so that they softly say:

to high-strung automobiles.
Somebody loves us all.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/03/2010 12:03AM by seakean001.

Re: Try to read this beautiful poem by Elizabeth Bishop
Posted by: marian222 (86.172.176.---)
Date: June 08, 2010 02:28AM

I like that one - reminds me of the 1960s when there was less emphasis on how things looked and more on getting on with the job!

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