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The Green Helmet
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A runner jogs past the bottle bush
across the way, red blossoms
toned down by all this fog today,
sneakers slapping on the concrete
like stropped leather. Bare-chested
in chilly weather he wears
backwards on his curly Irish head
a fireman’s helmet that even
in the grayness of this scene
is clearly green. Surely no green
not itself upon a mint or parrot
has any need or right to be
that green. Especially on
a fireman’s helmet flaunted
as the logo of a loutish jogger
feet reversed and running backward.

Mark Smith  

Mark Smith’s poetry has appeared recently in Pleiades, Worcester Review, and Gettysburg Review. He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Fulbright, and Ingram Merrill Foundations and the NEA. A novelist, he lives in DeLand, Florida.

Copyright © 2014 University of Tampa Press
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Mark Smith. "The Green Helmet." Tampa Review 47.1 (2014): 49-49. Project MUSE. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Smith, M.(2014). The Green Helmet. Tampa Review 47(1), 49. University of Tampa Press. Retrieved April 25, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Mark Smith. "The Green Helmet." Tampa Review 47, no. 1 (2014): 49-49. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed April 25, 2014).
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PY - 2014
PB - University of Tampa Press
SN - 2326-4101
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/tampa_review/v047/47.smith.html
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