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The Streetsweeper

Ronald Koertge

goes by at 1:00 a.m. two nights of the week. I can
hear the feather whoosh of his machine and see
one red light.

I believe that the streetsweeper lives alone,
       sleeping
through the cold days, waking clear-eyed and deft
as the sun goes down.

I believe that he works steadily without a portable
radio or a reading light or a nap. When he pauses
it is to stare placidly into 
the potent night.

For reasons too numerous to mention, I think 
       about the 
streetsweeper often and about the singular,
       provident
cadence of his life. 

Added: 7 Apr 2002 | Last Read: 25 Apr 2018 12:16 PM | Viewed: 4175 times

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