Sam in a 49 mile an hour wind picked up the girl thumbing Sam worked Magic Deals/Configurations flowered and died the whole width of Nevada California Band Winnemucca Casino All jackrabbit ears and hills and shadows bore witness to Sam in motion All except the girl who outside of Reno got lost quick **** I would not have it all said Sam to the rearview not all just a piece and therefore peace in what I have. The eyes of casino owners, the ease in their simplest motions, a cigar lit, a flunky summoned, the grimness of their lips when women whisper in their ears; there is peace to finish out a life with, to cultivate until the world looks in and knows as I know I have done things right. *** At home in Las Vegas a woman sits brain and heart devoured by the TV while Sam folds the cord on the blender (pupl purple blop) and immerses the glass through bubbles don hoe bubb Sam hits reverse fifteen years until Hoboken ***** Silt lidded brain fish flew from lightning to tornadoes huffed up by bad spirits. No one suffered more than Sam on the road through New Jersey. Said Sam, “To make it is a crazy art. It’s there to be surrounded but once done it disappears.” Twenty and tired, no one suffered more than Sam. *** flowering flowering Spring heat love for the sake of love flowering wisdom wisdomless window faces Ache flowering pushes through the gullet and the soul as in old Indian torture men were strapped a few inches off the ground in which were planted seeds for corn ***** Sam stands in the room of the boss and starts a deal expounding no one buys it Don-Big-A-Shit-A least of all reptilian eyes under mirror shades *** Sam finally broke the cycle of Nevada border to border and crossed into California where by and by he stood by Lake Tahoe and saw his reflection. He might have said, “Tear off thy shining mask! Wear truth as a crown! The dogs of night and the doe of day circle you and water might be 90% of your body but endurance is dirt. You are dirt. Cultivate the pride of a stone!” Thus coyotes mourned, thus the moon shown dimly, thus jackrabbits lay their long ears flat over parts of Nevada. But Sam said no such thing. He checked into a room in Reno. ***** He said high at five o’clock and never remembered what else He woke on the floor of a casino with a man named Andy standing above *** the machine whipped me the girl whipped me the goddam TV made me look like a fool he’s out drunk the can’t hold up worth nothing no really them that get you got me everything I own and more my watch fingers pride my boyhood goat my last looks at mom and dad even what would they want with that they want it don’t worry they know how to use it Eh. . . . go back to sleep ***** Coyote tongues fell silent. Jackrabbit ears twitched. Scrub brush and shadows grew hungry. Their man was coming. Though he slept like a rock he was moving toward the door.