"Ode to a Yellow Fire Hydrant"
by Armando Soto
Julia Soto Lebentritt
Ode to a Yellow Fire Hydrant
of mustard iron
tricked into this fire hydrant,
your awkward plumbing exposed on the corner
like a crucified pigmy--
with hard bolts for sex and a suspiciously hollow-looking head
who would guess you suppress fountains?
But you never leave the curb,
strict Victorian root;
when even the traffic lights change
you are always the cold yellow nude
Good for one
Or perhaps one day
the firemen, handsome as gods, rushing
in on their blood-red engines--
but they never see
what they screw cold hose on.
Copyright 1976, Julia Soto Lebentritt
Julia Soto Lebentritt, M.F.A., is a freelance writer and producer. Her articles and
audio-visual works showcase the oral histories of people in Vermont, Alaska, and
New York. Her writing awards include fellowships from the states of Connecticutt
and New York. She is a published poet and author of The Kooken (Henry Holt
and Company, 1992).
Armando Soto is a visual artist who has work permanently displayed in
Manhattan and who is currently developing the Oral History Mural Project in Adult
Literacy Programs, N.Y.C.