Plastic pizza hut glasses Covered with decorative Lumps and bumps In nicotine yellowish Brown, filled with Soda stream pop The bubbles fighting Past the syrup until They are stopped By tomato and cheese Smeared noses Wrinkled in delight At all the grease and Fat and sugary Expression of my Loving attempts at Creating a little Cheap and easy joy. Little girl standing in Roppongi wearing A quilted pink coat, Shiny patent sneakers Hair in a pineapple puff Holding onto The chibi body of a Grostesquely blonde Cinderella dolly Who she insisted was The object of her affections, Grinning in front of Christmas decorations Declaring it was 2004 In Tokyo illuminations Stuck in a photo now Who ran towards me Towards my hug Calling out mommy And talking about Forever and love. A quarter spent On an iron pony ride At the zoo, little boy Too small to balance Held there by my Shaking hand Sister laughing At the giraffe Improbable creature I admit, but not Mechanical After all. Long tongue Licked the leaves And they laughed Forever holding hands The past is A long lost land. A tank of gas A drive across The mesa That went on forever And never stopped Until the mountain ran Out and the plains Set in. A campfire A smile The rain. Los Angeles Palm tree Oregon gloom Washington floods Minnesota mud. What is here today Is gone by the morning What happiness There is in love Fades and drowns And is lost in the Cooling of the Blood.