A giant billboard of Santa Claus
the food stands at Gurney Drive:
pink man in a red fur coat in the emerald tropics.
The shopping malls behind the city.
Aisles packed solid.
Night traffic by the entrance of the McDonald's
at the near edge of the Esplanade.
Three full-grown men, life-size costumes,
a hamburger, a soft drink, a box of fries.
Inside angry fluorescent lights
scenes of immaculate debauchery.
greasy hamburger patties, air-filled pockets,
french fries. The smell. You.
What was the body like before life came free
with the purchase of a medium-size soft drink
fries and a Big Mac
What was the Happy Meal like before the body