An Old Radio in Atlantic City
It drew people to it like a fire.
The needle floating up and down its dial.
Fishing for the news. It was a horror house,
A band-stand, Europe in flames,
A dummy and his master.
The cloudy mirrors and calendars.
The radio knobs are toys now.
The beasts have been dragged out;
No tankers hug the coast at night,
Afraid of German submarines; the 1940s
Became the 50s.
The radio crackled
Like a forest once, or glittered
Like a pier in the brain's darkness.
Walked by Miss Americas carrying
Flowers out with the tide.