Down from clouds night-sky Atlanta/LAX arriving not-home beer for beer-bellies tucked under flesh folds. “Cleaning girl did a nice job.” Two waters on counter microwave popcorn. Beasts circle fat and bald thin black sock-hose in beige carpet flight bags lean on table beer cans crack. Bald one experts TV checks watch 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? “Alligator.” Happy B-day text phone slips inside couch “Marjorie gonna bring chips?” “Wishful thinking.” Alligator kills lion as sleepy-not sleepy drink rolly fingers grip cans no chips no attendant no return-text.
(from I Can See You — A Collection of Neighbors)
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