This pair of standpipes are attached to the outside of
an attorneys' office on East Market Street.
Polished and gleaming, yet pitted and oxidized with
their red end-caps setting off their shine,
they await a duty it is hoped they never need
Just underneath, there is a third outlet,
a common garden-variety spigot
that receives more use,
cleaning the sidewalk
and watering the plants.
No polish, no chrome has ever
seen its humble exterior.