Treasure Island

Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Filling Station


Oh, but it is dirty!
--this little filling station,
oil-soaked, oil-permeated
to a disturbing, over-all
black translucency.
Be careful with that match!

Father wears a dirty,
oil-soaked monkey suit
that cuts him under the arms,
and several quick and saucy
and greasy sons assist him
(it's a family filling station),
all quite thoroughly dirty.

Do they live in the station?
It has a cement porch
behind the pumps, and on it
a set of crushed and grease-
impregnated wickerwork;
on the wicker sofa
a dirty dog, quite comfy.

Some comic books provide
the only note of color--
of certain color. They lie
upon a big dim doily
draping a taboret
(part of the set), beside
a big hirsute begonia.

Why the extraneous plant?
Why the taboret?
Why, oh why, the doily?
(Embroidered in daisy stitch
with marguerites, I think,
and heavy with gray crochet.)

Somebody embroidered the doily.
Somebody waters the plant,
or oils it, maybe. Somebody
arranges the rows of cans
so that they softly say:
ESSO--SO--SO--SO

to high-strung automobiles.
Somebody loves us all.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
3 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: dog, family, father, son, water

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Filling Station by Elizabeth Bishop )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 2 comments »

New Poems

  1. Abyss, Donald R Charon
  2. Ode to the Busker, Tania Montgomery
  3. I have forgotten who I am, gajanan mishra
  4. Love is a liquid ~~~ 55, Mr. Nobody Nothing
  5. HE IS A MAN, Donald R Charon
  6. Dead Stone, ramesh rai
  7. Our Lives, Sandra Feldman
  8. All Mine, For Me, Donald R Charon
  9. To Someone Special On PoemHunter, Electric Lady
  10. love, jaquesha webb

Poem of the Day

poet Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. Eldorado, Edgar Allan Poe
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. To Someone Special On PoemHunter, Electric Lady
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Francis William Bourdillon
  10. Cleanliness and Happiness, chandra thiagarajan

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]