Idlers gorge on memorabilia
flags and hats and bats embroidered on golden coins
And the sculptors have already bought tickets
to see the sailors march in town
on Grand Avenue, wind-swept ivory for the occasion
Four dimension inspiration
Cockeyed views of bathing suits
Maritime claims of glory
But how to capture that near-certain defeat
of these misguided pirates
as glamorous as last summer’s lilacs
How to marbleize the lips of men
who asked for purple onions,
                                              not red.

Merlin Ural Rivera is a writer and instructor at SVA. Her work has been published in Ping Pong, Warscapes, Hot Street, Podium, and Umbrella Factory.