THE SS NORMANDIE
Confiscated from Vichy France, she sat
In the Hudson for months until the fire.
The smoke was so thick over midtown, rumors
Spread the Japanese had attacked New York.
The old transatlantic ...
Six blocks from City Hall the old Fire-Chief’s
Headquarters has granite gargoyles smiling
Over the garage doors, perhaps the last
They ever carved in Philadelphia.
They wear stone fire-fighters’ hats and one blows
Foam from ...
They brooded on the porches of Columbus
Forty years after ’61, when they went
South, crossed the Ohio, battled the rebels
And returned. By 1900 there were
Still dozens of them left in ...