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Traffic ever so heavy,

Bumper-to-bumper but steady…

Get past the cop

And traffic pops,

Spring-loaded acceleration at the ready!



Jumped into his fire boots,

Equipment at the ready….

Set up an E.T.A.*

And left a note for Betty.

Sped along the highway,

weaving through traffic…

“Where is the fire man,”

If he’s late it’s tragic!

Pulled into a parking space,

Officer met him…

Have to get home before

It turns into bedlam.

Called up superiors

For agreement to sign in…

Writing out poetry

To fill the quiet din!

–Jonathan Caswell

E.T.A.*…Estimated Time of Arrival

“quiet din”…so quiet it roars!

bedlam…a crazy situation

Betty…an fictional entity!