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The beauty of manhole covers what of that L

The beauty of manhole covers what of that?
Like medals struck by a great savage khan
Like Mayan calendar stones unliftable indecipherable
Not like the old electrum chased and scored
Mottoed and sculptured to a turn
But notched and whelked and pocked and smashed
With the great company names
Gentle Bethlehem smiling United States .
This rustproof artifact of my street
Long after roads are melted away will lie
Sidewise in the grave of the iron old world
Bitten at the edges
Strong with its cryptic American
Its dated beauty..

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