Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Commercial Success

Temptation is a swindler, salesman,
standing on the street with one hand
in his pocket. Sleek new hat
covering grease-slick hair. The angle
of his arm and his hand’s up-open palm
seem oddly humble.
His spreading smile reminds you of the local grocer
and your first love, simultaneously,
as he blows black words like bubble gum,
popping and repeating,
popping and repeating,
popping and repeating,
popping and repeating,
so mesmerizing this motion and the pop and flicker
of his eye the glitter of a gold tooth and the scratching
sound of his jacket as he demonstrates the many uses
of a new a brand new toy not toy necessity you almost
forget where you were walking to.