“Toward Medallions of Broken Glass”
Returning to his hometown, he saw
formations of parked cars. Ragged cuticles
of fine plastic scattered. Floating on the
wind like tumbleweeds. Neon colors.
Tropical blues and greens and yellows. The
bags were everywhere.
Toward the medallions of broken glass. The way the sun
shone through the shards, sprayed across beveled cracks in
the faded asphalt. It was beautiful when he saw it in a
gallery. Up close, he was distracted by its ubiquity.
He suddenly remembered the carniceria his mother liked to visit. The
sign: Meat Grocery Fish Produce. The tiny market beside it. The smaller
video shop on the corner. Bars covered the windows. They used to rent
videos back then. Videos. Videocassettes. He thought of the Living
Museum back in Seattle and he wondered if his parents had
other technological artifacts to share. “VHS Cassette: Circa 1976.”
( Courtesy of the Private Collection of C____and J___ S____, S__
Toward plastic milk crates and bundles of cardboard in loading docks behind grocery
stores. Toward the bracelets of rust. Dregs of yesterday. Toward the rusted husk of an
abandoned Corolla. Toward the other cars doubling as motels, parked along 5th Street.
Toward the park at Seccombe lake—the place the police still find time to raid every
Thursday, evicting the homeless by dispersing their encampments. Kicking flat tents held
up by sticks, shoveling the belongings of the displaced into trashcans. The ducks floating
on the brownish waters of the lake, observe shapeless clusters of humankind, coming and
going with the seasons.