'Water Man'

Water Man


He stops the Sparkletts truck near a palm tree

That looks like a pineapple and steps down—

His lemon-lime uniform glows, the tanned face

Whitens a smile, matching the look on the woman

In her yard, red shirt tucked into silver gym shorts.

She’s been painting. The water man walks to the side

Of the truck and lifts out a large, clear plastic jug—

In one motion swings it onto his shoulder and turns.

The truck is filled with vessels, each with a sky-blue

Plastic seal. The back panel of the truck, all green and

Yellow fish scales, shimmers, shimmers, shimmers.