America Speaking – a Work in Progress*

The Firefighter

The firefighter loves me

Resting on the station’s couch

Thumbing through an old magazine

Listening to Howard Stern

Proud as he should be to be chosen

Happy to be among my proud children

And although his body is relaxed now

He is strong and quick and ready

He is waiting, always waiting

For the chance to repay me

For the alarm to signal

His opportunity to show me

How much he loves me

* An earlier version of this series was published in my first poetry collection: Back and Out Again