The Ballad of the Garbage Truck

Oh, hark! -and hear my tale of old –
‘Tis true in ev’ry way:
The ballad of the garbage truck,
A loud, machine-drawn dray.

The daylight barely paints the East,
The weary man just waked;
A stirring in the quiet air,
A song of metal brakes.

How now, my lads? What sings this sound?
What draws attentive eyes,
A-pressed against the window panes,
Or gathered round outside?

Oh, feel: the porch, the walk, the lane!
Oh, see: the living things!
They shake and dart in worried dance
Of what the daybreak brings.

The song exults effulgently
As it comes round the turn:
Vehicular efficiency
As refuse is o’erturned.

Majestic rolls the garbage truck;
Ungainly -yes, but true.
A dutiful collectioner
Of everyone’s snafu.

3 thoughts on “The Ballad of the Garbage Truck

  1. Jess June 30, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I enjoyed every word!


  2. Almost Iowa April 20, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    I spotted this poem and just had to read it. One of my favorite essays is titled My Trash Bin, the hero of the story is our trash hauler, Otis, a man worthy of a poem or two.

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  3. Chelsea Owens April 20, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I’ll check it out! We had a great garbage hauler in our first neighborhood; I should dedicate another post to him.


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