I couldn’t turn down the idea of cereal with aliens

except maybe to drink something more substantial

like all the oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin. Yes

pulling a man out of his car and repeatedly punching

him in the head is a routine traffic stop. It’s not easy.

Lay me down on the frozen ground. Perhaps your

eyes have swaggered and shimmied and already

begun to see the feather-like petals of ice shelf soften.

Men in leather Christian Motorcyclists Association

jackets stand next to the George Washington I drew

pictures of in second grade who might have mustard

gassed the Redcoats and Hessians and whoever else.

There is nothing left in the landfill, please go away.