Not a swimmer in sapphire seas, but only someone’s dad who went out to get a cigarette to script his own undoing. Call him a linguistic ship, which doesn’t need a skipper, a misplaced marine in a forest of stiletto & swagger. Welcome to a wilderness of downed timber. His tree a lit wedding gown—white green, yellow, red, then all white again. In this light, the nurse enters, hair cut short makes her look butch. Her hemline hangs stiffly over her daikon legs, she’s a boxer with a pug nose. Her provenance is Manileña— hails from the barrio of Tondo, & packs a knife in her purse. She wiped her knife with a tissue & clicked blade back into her purse. The merchant seaman had scoped out the skirt So sayeth the knife telling us her version: All he wanted was to feel good, all he wanted was to talk shoes… He sidled up to the nurse waiting for the bus when a knife appeared & told him to go to hell. Down he went into a kaleidoscope of broken mirrors, a festive flotilla of colors, blood, & pavement. The seaman doubles over, then falls flat on the seat of his pants. On the corner of Haight & Fillmore, failure drapes his body like an oversized shirt flowing like jibs in front of Hank’s 500.