Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: The Red and Green Cement Truck
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 pat-your-head-and-rub-your-belly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263.