Park Bench
By Lenore Weiss

TVs are cinema-sized, computers
in a back pocket, a world imploding
like an elderly person, shorter every year,

or like a garbage compacter
from an old Mafia movie where victims
get compressed into a neat metal Chiclet,

an experiment
for people to carve a niche
with the back of a fingernail

on some park bench with splinters,
to see beyond the sanctity of rising oil prices,
and to know only love mattered.