Poetry Appearing in Poetry In Motion® Chicago

Heavy Tells a Story (excerpt)

Luis J. Rodriguez

When Heavy tells a story
the millwright shanty under the blast furnaces
chokes with quiet, amid the roar,
as Heavy pauses, adjusts his mountainous weight
over a creaky grease-stained metal chair
and looks up at the whirling ceiling fan
next to fluorescent lights hanging by wires.
His fingers lace like so many sausages
across the canvas of blue workshirt
on his chest.

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"Heavy Tells a Story" from The Concrete River by Luis J. Rodriguez. Copyright © 1991. Reprinted with the permission of the author and Curbstone Press.


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