humpty dumpty in oakland* (for frank c.)
Two slices of white. Blank, like a newly stretched canvas. Rye. Sesame. Lightly toasted on one side.
Squeezed. Pinched. Kneaded.
She is a woman of unshakable conviction. Of doughy complexion. Evangelical. Unleavened.
Curled at the edges now, not so easily buttered up.
Frankly, my dear…
it takes a brave man to play ball and try to put his life together again.
* the title, \”Humpty Dumpty in Oakland\”, is borrowed from an early novel by Philip K. Dick, a writer of relentless fortitude in pursuit of the rent.