Christmas in the City

      by Jim Force (Nika), Michael Dylan Welch, and vincent tripi


First published in Woodnotes #23, Winter 1994, page 8–9. Written 20 December 1993, at the Toy Boat Café in San Francisco.



Christmas in San Francisco—

one in shorts

another in a parka                                                           Jim


        a crack in the pavement

        stops a strand of tinsel                                          Michael


street-corner santa

drops a coin

into the beggar’s cup                                                     vincent


        the fog lifts . . .

        St. Dominic’s bell                                                      Jim


slowing for the traffic light—

a Christmas wreath

on the fire truck’s grill                                                    Michael


        crowded cable car:

        the evening star                                                       vincent