Sometimes, I, too, tell the ah's
of my heart one by one
like the blood-red beads
of a ruby rosary strungon strands of golden hair!But my
takes to the air
on wings made of steel
like the I-beamsof my suspension bridges!I don't pretendthe nightingale's lament
to the rose isn't easy on the ears...
But the languagethat really speaks to me
are Beethoven sonatas played
on copper, iron, wood, bone, and catgut...You can "have"
in a cloud of dust!
Me, I wouldn't trade
for the purest-bredArabian steed
the sixth mphof my iron horserunning on iron tracks!Sometimes my eye is caught like a big dumb fly
by the masterly spider webs in the corners of my room.
But I really look up
to the seventy-seven-story, reinforced-concrete mountainsmy blue-shirted builders create!Were I to meet
the male beauty
"young Adonis, god of Byblos,"
on a bridge, I'd probably never notice;
but I can't help staring into my philosopher's glassy eyes
or my fireman's square facered as a sweating sun!Though I can smoke
third-class cigarettes filled
on my electric workbenches,
I can't roll tobacco - even the finest-
in paper by hand and smoke it!
I didn't --"wouldn't" -- trade
my wife dressed in her leather cap and jacket
for Eve's nakedness!
Maybe I don't have a "poetic soul"?
What can I dowhen I love my own childrenmorethan mother Nature's!
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