Anniversary Edition (November 2023)
Make it with You
By Chad Sokolovsky
(Listen ro Podcast)
Thousands of tiny explosions
are happening under the hood
every second while I’m driving
obliviously listening to
the band Bread on the radio.
Although I don’t know why anyone
would name a band
after the chemistry of wheat,
water, and yeast or where
the inspiration came from.
Maybe it’s a philosophical metaphor
so deep that it is lost on me.
Maybe they were thinking of the dawn
of civilization when the Nile river delta
over-poured like a bucket left in the rain
and granaries sprouted up
to store the wheat
that would become a staple
allowing humanity to rise.
But I’m too distracted
by the couple jogging
down Telegraph Ave –
his shirtless perfect pecs
and her lavender sports bra
like a fistful of irises
that I almost sideswipe a bus.
I’m envious of the kind of drive
it takes to just spill out of your front door
onto the street and start running,
or to break from the gravitational pull
of the event horizon separating
what you want to be from what you are.
But I find out the band was simply stuck
in traffic behind a Wonder Bread truck
somewhere in Los Angeles.