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Filling Station Analysis



Author: poem of Elizabeth Bishop Type: poem Views: 15

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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:

ESSO--SO--SO--SO

to high-strung automobiles.

Somebody loves us all.






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i love this poem. There is a lot of imagery that enhances what the speaker is saying.

| Posted on 2009-04-27 | by a guest




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