The sea lions sun on a warm rock in San Francisco.
I am on Pier 41, leaning over the railing, taking pictures
of the animals, the water, and Alcatraz-the place
that is haunted by too much pigeon shit. It costs one hundred
dollars to take a ferry over. I decline the offer from
a man wearing a black hat.
I can hear the sea lions calling me from where I stand-they
sound like the whirring blade of a ceiling fan.
This is my 49th visit to California. I live in Toledo, Ohio,
twenty minutes away from the turnpike off of
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Denny’s horses;
I’m sure they are still there, their tails waving lazily
in the warm wind, their nostrils heaving in and out.
All I own is an ant farm.