April 19, 2011
Jim Daniels: “Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars”
Night with Drive-By Shooting Stars
Broken beer bottle, fresh with the smell.
A corny joke among hip teenagers.
A loud laugh smacks cement. Muffled
bass from sky radio.
A screen door rattles, moans. A bus moans,
rattles. Litter of light from tall buildings
far away. A sandwich in its wrapper
spoiled by the day’s heat.
The arcing pain of a trigger. A car
idles, the engine tapping, eternal.
—Jim Daniels, 2002