Cobra Commander

When they made a toy of you
Did you dream of children
Thinking you’re the good guy

cackler bridge.

a fist / crown of amethyst cut / across the plains / I wished him

the white / women he dreamed / of – shaved

my head / to empty the soil / to empty myself /

Night of Bush Capturing

In 2003, Jesse Petrilla developed
Quest for Saddam, a first-person shooter
where the player storms a crude temple

and viciously rips through scores
of turban-crowned enemies. On the walls
hang pixelated pictures of Saddam in lingerie.


Here, rabbits’ coats change color in winter,
berry bushes morph to agave, an old mariner appears only
when it rains – unbreathing – to tell me
what I’m not ready for.