'They wear in they wear out'


“Jake takes over from Otto, slubs mortar onto brick, clumps brick


   onto mortar.


Does this. Does it again. Wears out.


Topples over: No pause.


Rene appears. Homer collapses. Angelo springs up. No break in the




slub clump slub clump


They wear in they wear out.


They lay the bricks that build the mills


that shock the Blackstone River into yellow froth.


-- FromThe Tragedy of Bricks,’’ by Galway Kinnell

The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, Mass., to Pawtucket, R.I.