caleb beissert /YELLOW BUCKET

Image by Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn.

Yellow Bucket

That enormous tree
brown leaves fallen
horizontal uprooted

I named Triaminic 

in the woods
behind the golf course

at the bottom
of a steep potholed alley

Dad and I hunted
golf balls
with a yellow bucket

On our walk we found
a pedal car missing a wheel
among the leaves

He painted it brown for me
like the family Honda

I drove in circles
on the patio

and the pedals
gave me a blister
my foot
a moon

Caleb Beissert is translator of Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish, poems of Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, published by New Native Press in 2013. Beissert also is a poet, musician, and event organizer who frequently performs and hosts readings. Born in Washington, D.C., he now resides in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves as an editor for the online poetry journal Redheaded Stepchild.