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