The River Road Drive In
looms over our backyard
toy spyglass shifting from
the Man in the Moon to
John Wayne in grainy buckskin
implausible 3-D red, white
and blue silk around his neck.

Mimi and Love took turns
trundling squalling baby me
around that gravelly parking lot.

Stoic Chief Pontiac
cast his golden glow
over a gleaming brown hood.

I finally fell asleep
on the shelf behind
the itchy plastic backseat.