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Death of a Fireman
By Brad Buchanan
The oldest fireman adjusts his gaze
to the scale of incomprehensible skies
which have produced, after fifty years,
the farthest-fetched of emergencies.
The retirement gifts and the accolades
for sedentary virtues refuse
to go on without proof of age's
recklessness. He has recognized
the proper time and place of his death,
the suitable scrap heap for his used
ambitions, the last stand of self-worth--
two crowded towers about to be razed.
His visor protects him from this vision,
and tumbling wreckage renders it moot.
His body is one of the first the mission
of rescuers finds. He is never found out.
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