Joseph Rios – Field Guide: Calwa #2

Joseph Rios

Field Guide: Calwa #2

The steel wheeled train cars sing like a crystal flute 
of champagne accompanied by the bass held hostage
in the trunk of this murdered out Buick.

The kids’ jungle gym is a broke down Altima
that became a memorial to the neighbor’s grandpa 
who got shot while changing the timing belt. 

How will posterity explain the endless tumbleweeds 
               of empty Hot Cheeto Bags? 

I took out a chunk of the driveway with a sledgehammer
and thought of my dad’s father, drunk, tripping
off these steps and smashing his head in the same spot.

Do the hummingbirds ever see me and think I’m the spirit
                       of someone’s dead tia? 

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