BICENTENNIAL FIRE HYDRANTS by Paul David Adkins
I read an exposé in Life,
but until I saw one painted five doors down
half flag, half minuteman,
I didn’t believe it
How the operating nut
capped Yankee Doodle’s red feather.
The stumped, extended arms
of outlet nozzles.
One safety chain linked
to tiny painted watch.
Metal body the blue/white tunic
of a Continental soldier
unflinching as strays
pissed the shine from his boots.