Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas, they said

Dec 24. 
Half hour to closing time. 
The setting sun crosses the produce section. 

My shopping cart full of turkeys and potatoes
Christmas-colored light bulbs, pies and tomatoes
okra, calamari, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos,
I celebrate; I am finished shopping. 

I kick the front of the cart, it spins 
in a perfect circle; I twirl likewise, 
bow to the fruit and vegetable stands, 
and snap my fingers over my head.

“Wow, what flair!” says someone behind me, with a little boy. 

“I used to be a bullfighter.” I say. The boy’s eyes pop. 

“I see!” says the woman. She holds a bottle of wine, 
bananas, bread, cold cuts, one Twinkie, and 
a Thomas the Tank Engine DVD 
in a basket in her hand. 
She says, “  well, bye ... ”  and starts off, 
bus schedules in her other hand.  

I spin again, and say, “Wanna come over? To our house?”

The boy’s eyes pop again!

Monday, December 22, 2014

One Seagull over Christmas

Circling high, a hundred miles offshore,
banking, hovering, probably hearing 
the grinding of cars 
and Christmas carols
from the planned-out world below. 

So there he goes, banking away
from the shopping center
gliding even higher, over the wild pines
the shopping center didn’t get,
away, toward the unplanned sea. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Small talk on a jet 

The jet wakes up, points up, takes off. 
We wake up, sit up, turn on our computers. 
But me and the woman next to me 
still like the old black and white paper
news, rustling crispy in our hands. 

Coffee comes, then reading. Then, I say - 

“There was a school massacre in Pakistan this morning.” 

“Mmm, I know,” she says, behind sunglasses. “200 dead kids.”

“When are these people going to stop killing each other? And when I say these people I don’t mean those people.” 

Rain rolls back on the windows, and the sun rolls out. 

“I mean everybody.” 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Still Life with CIA, At Home 

The news, now unhidden, made him frown. 
His wife felt the frown crease him, and 
the house. She said: “Honey  may I
do anything for - um, can I get you anyth-”

Go stand over there all night. He said. 

She did, she did, she ... did.