Saturday, October 4, 2008

Soccer Surrealism

I've been playing soccer with a group of Persian guys in what seems to be a rollerblade hockey rink. It's a face game, wall bouncing off the walls and the perimeter fence.

Last time we played I asked one of the guys where I could find a grass game.

I'm new here, I said.

Are you a freshman? He said.

It occurred to me that my freshman year came before he was born.

A Slight Improvement on Brooklyn

Hummingbirds are the pigeons of Irvine.
Rabbits are the rats.
Three rabbits live in the bushes below my window. At night they sit for hours on the grass outside their burrows, not eating, not moving, just staring into space. I watch them there and the narrow shadows of their leporid profiles.