American Snapshots

by Ryan Nardi

1. A blue motorcycle strapped to the bed of a red pickup truck.

2. A 300 pound woman in a pink and blue power suit remarking on how customers will be confused if pens and pencils and highlighters aren't displayed in the correct arrangement.

3. A seventeen year old girl with orange skin says into her cellphone, "I don't know."

4. A bleached blonde mother smokes a light cigarette while pushing her child in a stroller.

5. The blonde's husband, wearing a shirt with a police shield, firetruck, flag, gun, and eagle mashed together into a psychedelic emblem, joins the family with a MacDonald's cheeseburger for all three.

6. A frail, pale teenage boy, crouches on the floor of a gymnasiums with blood coming from his nose and three muscular youths standing above him; the teacher--also the football coach--is not distracted from watching the girls playing volleyball.


Posted on 08/20/2008
Copyright © 2024 Ryan Nardi

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/21/08 at 12:37 AM

Interesting collage of images and messages lying between the lines; some quite disturbing in their own way. I also like the fact that the piece can easily be added to in the future.

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