Take Heart 21 November 2012

Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Culture

Take Heart 21 November 2012

A Conversation in Poetry

edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate

Who knew cement trucks are our alter egos? With a combination of whimsy and seriousness that is characteristic of his work, today’s poem by the late Maine poet Richard Aldridge explains.


The Red and Green Cement Truck

by Richard Aldridge


   rumbles by to where it’s going, while

         at an incline on the bed and
at right angles to the wheels

                     its mixer, shaped

         like a big cocktail shaker, turns

   upon an axis slowly, slowly,

            blending the cement and water.


            It is a feat as neat as


            but what I like still better is

                     to see in it

            ourselves, we who do best

   to use our heads for mulling, mixing

                  while with our feet

                           we keep on trucking.



Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2001 by Richard Aldridge. Reprinted from "The Poems of Richard Aldridge," 2001, by permission of Josephine Haskell Aldridge. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to David Turner, special assistant to the Maine poet laureate, at poetlaureate@mainewriters.org or (207) 228-8263.

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