Poem: How to throw bricks

brick pile.detail

Pavement cave-in around manhole.
Excavated on the fallen side of the brick chimney to the deep sewer.
A small pit, earth here, damaged brick tower there.
Mason climbs down with mortar bucket.

Summer laborer,
son of friend of legislator,
throws bricks.


Not like that.

Two bricks pressed together with laborer’s two hands,
pressed together with hands, firm and soft.
Swung down in languid, forward movement.
The press-together holds.
Mason catches them with his two hands,
pressing them still together,
soft and firm.

Stacks them.

Patrick T. Reardon

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