Down from clouds
beer for beer-bellies
tucked under flesh folds.
“Cleaning girl did a nice job.”
Two waters on counter
Beasts circle fat and bald
thin black sock-hose in beige carpet
flight bags lean on table
beer cans crack.
Bald one experts TV
enters Animal World.
“Text your daughter” says
sweaty navigator leaning at table.
Bald now-greasy pilot nods
drifts back to TV:
what would win — alligator or lion?
Happy B-day text
phone slips inside couch
“Marjorie gonna bring chips?”
Alligator kills lion
as sleepy-not sleepy drink
rolly fingers grip cans
no chips no attendant
(from I Can See You — A Collection of Neighbors)
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Learning from the best. A new story.
“Our future’s so bright we gotta wear shades.”Every graduation speech, ever
Everyone tells stories in high school, about what they do and who they get with. The baseball team at Van Nuys High School, 13000 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, California, was a great source of these stories. Whether they were true or not — that didn’t matter. They kept our minds from imploding under the weight of Curricular Standards of Achievement.
It was 1985, and we were all just waiting to get out into the world, any world. And when that seemed impossible, or would take too long, we took matters into our own hands. It’s called in Educational Literature “The Creative Relationship to Boredom.”
Where would we be without boredom? Probably still eating raw meat.
There was Toby “the Bat” Bauer, slugger, blond, a man-child who would eventually go bald and who, it seemed, could inspire quite a few of the teachers.
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