From the series “universal pictures.”

Christmas, 2000 / No. 4

pearl & olive skinned, grout black at its cloven

base strung with horned seed fruit the size

of ice cream scoops scarred pinballs, merry and plentiful as Mexican hatbands

and as quickly lost

arbutus you say aloud and think

of Arbuckle of poor Fatty of the many histories of ruined stars and

stop at a familiar corner step off pedals & pinch brake handles look and glide

over worm white roots teasing water from gravel, from clay

half a block later