October 7, 2010


The man in the yellow box
atop the skyscraper under construction
climbs all those flights of stairs
to get to the seat
where he sits to run
the long hands of
the building crane.

The yellow heart-shaped
pulley does most of the work
Its cable long like a spaghetti
lifting and toting supplies
to places the man in the yellow box
cannot see
yet he places them within inches
of their mark.
Oh, maybe he could take
the temporary freight elevator
to the highest level
but it would be a matter
of pride
for the operator to climb
his own crane’s ladder
inspecting this and that
along the way.

-- Copyright © 2010 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved. Photos and content may not be used for commercial purposes without written permission.

Jersey City, New Jersey

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