Two Scavengers in a Truck, …………………as if someone has taken a photo and
Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes ………written about it.


At the stoplight waiting for the light………gives us an exact time and place of the four people.
Nine a.m. downtown San Francisco
A bright yellow garbage truck
With two garbagemen in
red plastic blazers ……contrast is shown throughout the poem with
Standing on the back stoop ……………………………positive words being used to describe
One on each side
hanging on the richer couple, and more negative words on the two dustmen.
And looking down into
An e
legant open Mercedes
With an
elegant couple in it ……clothing, showing the richer couple in a suit and other
The man ………………………………nice clothes, while the dustmen in typical common clothing.
In a hip
three-piece linen suit
With
shoulder-length blond hair and sunglasses dustmen described with colours which could The young blond woman so casually coifedshow the couple have colourless and boring lives.
With a
short skirt and coloured stockings
On the way to his architects office ………on their way to the man's work place, the other ………………………………………………………pair are returning home having worked early hours.

And the two scavengers
up since four a.m.
Grungy from their route ………………the older man is depicted as the opposite of beautiful,
On the way home ………………………but the younger man is described as being very similar in
The older of the two with
grey iron hair ……style and age to the Mercedes driver.
And hunched back
Looking down like some
……………'as from a great distance' when they are next to each other
Gargoyle Quasimodo …………………could show the distance between their lives.
And the younger of the two
Also with sunglasses & long hairQuasimodo, the tragic figure: kind, loving and lonely despite
About the same age as the Mercedes driver………his ugliness, he dies of a broken heart.

And both scavengers gazing down scavengers see the couple as characters out of a TV advert
As from a great distance………………in which anything is possible.
At the cool couple
As if they were watching some odorless TV ad scavengers see the 'odorless' ad as a fantasy
In
which everything is always possible………………………but their smelly truck is the reality.

And t
he very red light for an instant
Holding all four close together
……red light is democracy because it stops them together,'as if
As if anything at all were possibleanything were possible between them.
Between them
Across that small gulfphrases like 'elegant', 'scavengers' and 'as' if' repeated throughout In the high seas
Of this
democracy…………written in the present tense for a sense of immediacy.


Lawrence Ferlinghetti - had a French mother who was hospitalised at his birth and an Italian father who died even before he was born. he was then looked after by his aunt Emily, who raised him in France, so French became his first language. When they returned to the U.S.A., he was placed in an orphanage as Emily looked for work. There he earned a B.A. in Journalism, and until 1941 he made a living lobster fishing and scraping rocks for moss used in pharmaceutical processes.