Human Stratego

She addresses his questions
with all the passion of
answering fan mail.

This heat that will not stop,
and the fans
spinning backwards.

Time is studying its toes,
sitting on the edge of
my (father's) nose.

Across the street
the children have
closed the school
and decided to take
the summer
to consider their options.

Each person I pass has
their head bent to the sidewalk
and their knees pointed
towards the sky.

Everyone searches
for corrupted water

I have yet
to admit once
to any
of these accusations


I'm thinking
it might be time
to change
my tactics.

Korea Town, Los Angeles - 6/8/06