Ode to Atari Frogger
A person in a motorized wheel chair
gets your attention—
plowing the sidewalk
like a tractor,
spinning at anchor
in the bay of a revolving door.
That joystick reminds you
of the arcades
in the lobbies of old movie theaters:
Centipede. Admit it:
you want to take one for a little spin.
You’d give both your good knees
for a test drive.
Dave Nielsen earned a master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Cincinnati. His poems have appeared in Cutbank, Tar River Poetry, and other journals.