Karl Shapiro

(10 November 1913 – 14 May 2000 / Baltimore, Maryland)

Manhole Covers - Poem by Karl Shapiro

The beauty of manhole covers--what of that?
Like medals struck by a great savage khan,
Like Mayan calendar stones, unliftable, indecipherable,
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Comments about Manhole Covers by Karl Shapiro

  • (6/17/2016 2:25:00 PM)

    This goes to your irksome tenant as a SCOLD when you dare. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/11/2016 10:45:00 PM)

    Immortality gained in the most unlikely place, by ones who never sought it, the manhole cover makers. Amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/11/2016 5:51:00 PM)

    It is good that we can find beauty in the functional because 80% of our manmade surroundings are functional and not creations of pure art (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Y. (4/9/2014 8:04:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem, full of wit and style.
    It's similar to some that I've done. Check out my poems
    The Couch
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  • Tim Stensloff (4/5/2012 10:35:00 AM)

    This is such an excellent back-handed compliment. (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2012 7:54:00 AM)

    It lies there
    Surrounded by metal, as its own
    Encased in concrete
    Long hardened and dark with age.

    But below,
    A hidden kingdom
    Where elves play
    Emitting foul aromas
    That keep mankind away.

    And in these dark recesses
    Lurks a time capsule of the past
    When man walked upright
    And shouldered his burdens
    But, alas, no more.

    The manhole cover, Covers.

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  • (7/29/2006 11:37:00 PM)

    Mmhhh...giving me some new picture of these, by name so expressedly, united States of America (Report) Reply

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