A Couple Hundred Years Ago
Our first failed Capitalist venture occurred one summer night
when we went to the parking lot of the Shop N Save
and tried to sell bright red t-shirts with smiling devil faces.
Goat-headed, the evil one leered at the shoppers
as they pushed their carts full of groceries back to cars.
A couple hundred years ago they would have burned us
at the stake, but now they ignored us and kept us
trying to laugh, always on the edge of giving up.
Life Is a Movie Always
Waiting to Come True
Like something I would do, my friend
fell in love with the deaf girl who bagged groceries
at Shop N Save. He kept trying to tell her in words
what she couldn’t hear, and finally he decided to
write her a note. He bought some cheap cans
of chili and green beans and when she paused
to put them in paper, he passed her the letter.
Of course she was scared by what he spelled
the sudden words dropped out of the blue.
Who wouldn’t be taken aback and need time
to figure out the mystery of you?
He had to go hide under the trees
the branches tied to the ceiling in his room
pale and sad with broken heart records hurting
when you take everything to heart and believe
life is a movie always waiting to come true
second book Bowl of Water
(Bottom Dog Press, 2004)
They feature my friend who also
stars in 'The Jellyfish Movie'
(see two posts ago)